The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) has reaffirmed domestic abuse remains a police priority throughout England’s second lockdown.
The organisation’s lead on the issue, Assistant Commissioner Louisa Rolfe, said: “Our message to victims of domestic abuse is to continue reporting to us. You are not alone. We will come when you ask for help, and can take steps to make sure you’re safe …
“We fully recognise that it can sometimes take time for people to take the brave step to report their experiences, particularly during the periods of restriction which Covid-19 brings.”
The council says provisional crime statistics show that domestic abuse-related crime as reported to the police is 2% higher than in 2019.
“Our worst fears of seeing a significant spike in domestic abuse reports coming to police have not materialised,” said Rolfe. “We planned for it regardless, and have continued to focus our attention on protecting victims from harm and catching perpetrators, working closely with all our partners to make sure victims get the support they need.”