The UK has been under strict lockdown measures since March 23, leaving many victims of domestic abuse feeling trapped and hopeless. Caller trends on our Men’s Advice Line show an increase in domestic violence, deteriorating mental health, and increased anxieties about financial and home stability.
Some men are experiencing abuse for the first time in lockdown, while others are experiencing increased severity and frequency of abuse.
While health and public sector workers are facing increased stress in their jobs, as they attempt to cope with the impacts of Covid-19, many are also dealing with rising aggression in their personal lives.
An NHS worker reached out to us after suffering domestic abuse by his partner. He told us how the relationship had been difficult before, but that since lockdown he has started to suffer abuse.
One caller said: “Everything was going fine, but then the lockdown happened. I don't recognise my partner anymore. It's scary.”
As the public sector battles the strain of Covid-19, many callers to Men’s Advice Line worry that there is no help available for men experiencing domestic violence. To change that perception and offer more support during lockdown, we’ve extended our opening hours. We’re here for male victims and frontline workers during Covid-19.
For more information or to contact the Men’s Advice Line http://mensadviceline.org.uk/