By Eric White
AS part of Stalking Awareness week, Essex Police are reminding victims of the help available.
Stalking will still persist despite lockdown. The behaviours of people may change but that does not reduce the risk.
For help, visit www.setdab.org, which is the Southend, Essex and Thurrock domestic abuse partnership website, providing advice and information on services for those affected by domestic abuse.
Alternatively, please call Changing Pathways 01268 729707.
Earlier this month, it was reported the National Domestic Abuse helpline had seen a 25% increase in calls and online requests for help since the lockdown, the charity Refuge says.
It received hundreds more calls last week compared to two weeks earlier, the charity which runs the helpline said.
Campaigners have warned the restrictions could heighten domestic tensions and cut off escape routes.
The charity said pressure on other services and awareness campaigns could have also led to the increase.
Police are emphasising that women and men facing abuse at home during the lockdown should still report their experiences to police and seek support from domestic abuse services.
Refuge says the helpline is still running 24 hours, seven days a week, with staff operating from home.
24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline can be contacted on 0808 2000 247.
Their website is www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/
One effect of being locked down with your abuser could be that not only are people more vulnerable to domestic abuse – but also possibly less likely to be able to make an emergency phone call.
The National Domestic Abuse Helpline therefore offers the option of contacting them through its website, with a quick exit button which ensures no record of the attempt is left on the phone.