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Domestic abuse victims may leave home to seek refuge, Home Secretary clarifies

Date:6 APR 2020
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Priti Patel has told the Mail on Sunday that the government was aware that the strict isolation rules had left people trapped in abusive domestic situations that they wished to leave. She said: "I am acutely aware that the necessary guidelines about social distancing and self-isolation may leave the victims of hidden crime, such as domestic abuse and child sexual abuse, feeling especially isolated, vulnerable and exposed."



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She added: "I also want to make clear – whilst our advice is to stay at home, anyone who is at risk of, or experiencing, domestic abuse, is still able to leave and seek refuge. Refuges remain open, and the police will provide support to all individuals who are being abused – whether physically, emotionally, or otherwise.

As we come together as a nation to fight this virus, it is important we do not close our eyes to the threats other people, particularly, women, are facing. They remain at the forefront of our minds as we navigate this extraordinary challenge."