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Surrey Police urges people to come forward to report suspected domestic abuse during lockdown

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Surrey Police urges people to come forward to report suspected domestic abuse during lockdown

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 6:00am 13th April 2020.

With it looking extremely likely lockdown restrictions will be extended, police in our area have reiterated they are still there for domestic abuse victims.

Surrey Deputy Chief Constable Nev Kemp says they are urging people to contact them if they suspect something is not right in their neighbourhood:

"Where neighbours do have concerns, where they do hear things they are unhappy about, or cause them alarm, or someones' behaviour is particularly withdrawn or timid, that they let us know.

"We will respond to those calls and we will do so sensitively."

He said current restrictions make it harder for victims to come foward but they are doing "a lot of proactive work" to give them opportunities to contact the police.

He said while statistics of domestic abuse over this period remain the same, levels will have gone up during lockdown:

"We're not seeing an increase at the moment - in fact levels are the same as this time last year - but I am absolutely certain there is increased domestic abuse going on."

How to report domestic abuse:

If you are a victim of domestic abuse and you feel your life is in danger call 999. 

If you dial 999 but cannot speak, the call handler will ask you questions you can respond to by tapping your phone or coughing.

If prompted, you can press 55 which informs the police that this is a genuine emergency. 

In non-emergency cases and for general advice call 101.

If you feel you cannot phone the police you can also report it online.

Find more information here on help for victims of domestic abuse during the lockdown restrictions.