The Government imposed lockdown during the Coronavirus pandemic sadly means there may be a rise in cases of domestic violence and child abuse as families and couples are spending more time in closed quarters than ever before.

The Derbyshire Constabulary are urging residents to look and listen for the signs of domestic and child abuse and report any concerns to the police.

Abuse extends beyond physical abuse into mental, emotional, psychological, sexual and financial abuse. Abusers like to isolate partners and children within their homes.

The police are urging citizens to be vigilant and conscious of neighbours, friends or family members who may be victims of domestic violence or abuse.

If you are experiencing domestic abuse please remember you are not alone.

Detective Chief Inspector Brian Bilby is aware of the increased vulnerability of people at this time and support is available on the Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Support Line on 08000 198668.

We are assured that there has been no reduced service as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

If you or a loved one cannot manage yours or their own emotions or behaviour, you can seek help and advice by ringing Respect on 0808 8024040.

You can also contact Derbyshire Police on line via the following methods:

  • Facebook – a private message can be sent to DerbyshireConstabulary.
  • Twitter – direct message
  • The Contact Centre on @DERPOLC contact
  • Website – www.derbyshire.police.co.uk/contact-Us
  • You can of course also contact 101

If legal advice is needed, please do not hesitate to contact Claire Dean or Fiona Apthorpe on the following numbers:

  • Claire Dean on 07947659814
  • Fiona Apthorpe on 07889609992

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