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Frontline organisations that work to support those impacted by domestic abuse have called for long-term funding to cope with the second lockdown.
The impact of the pandemic on those facing domestic abuse was evident almost immediately during the national lockdown in March. The Counting Dead Women project told MPs that between 23 March and 12 April, at least 16 domestic abuse killings had taken place – much higher than the average for the time of year - while calls to the National Domestic Abuse Helpline were running at 49% higher than normal three weeks after lockdown was introduced.