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London police arrest more than 4,000 people for domestic abuse during coronavirus restrictions

London police arrest more than 4,000 people for domestic abuse during coronavirus restrictions

London’s Metropolitan Police arrested more than 4,000 people for domestic abuse since the restrictions imposed to stop the spread of coronavirus were introduced, the force said in a statement Friday.
“The COVID-19 restrictions and ‘stay at home’ instruction is vital to managing this public health crisis, but unfortunately it has also left current and potential victims of domestic abuse even more vulnerable and isolated,” said Commander Sue Williams, the Met’s lead for safeguarding.She added: “Victims should be assured that they can leave their homes to escape harm or seek help, and they will not be penalized in any way for not maintaining social distancing, or otherwise breaching COVID-19 restrictions. Our prime concern is protecting victims and others who are affected, and bringing offenders to justice.”The background: There have been concerns around the world that coronavirus lockdowns could result in a spike in domestic violence cases. Several American cities have reported increases in domestic violence cases or calls to local hotlines. Similar concerns have been raised in Europe.