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How to escape abusive relationships in this lockdown - Survivor offers hope

How to escape abusive relationships in this lockdown - Survivor offers hope

Emily Florence Hutchings, who has previously experienced abusive relationships and is now a trustee and campaigner for charity Solace Women’s Aid, told Metro.co.uk that abusers could be using the lockdown as a way of exerting more control over their partners.

Emily, 29, from Windsor, said: ‘Although I have not been through it in lockdown, I have been in two abusive relationships where every part of my life was controlled.

‘Where I lived, what I wore, who I saw – including friends and family – who I was talking to, and even what I ate. I became isolated and every aspect of my life was influenced by that person.’ She believes lockdown would have amplified that control to the extreme.

She said: ‘It could make an abusive relationship even worse, because a victim is being isolated with their abuser and I fear abusers could potentially be using the lockdown as an excuse, or a scare tactic, to control their victims even further.

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‘They could be saying “you shouldn’t leave the house because it is dangerous and you might catch the virus”.

‘Or they could even be saying, “you can’t leave the house at all, otherwise I will call the police and tell them you’ve broken the rules”.

’ Emily, an English teacher in a specialist school and part-time theatre student at Goldsmiths University, stressed how it is absolutely legal’ for anyone to leave home in a domestic abuse situation and that victims will never be criticised for breaking lockdown rules if they are at risk of violence or abuse.

How to escape abusive relationships in this lockdown - Survivor offers hope
She said: ‘Obviously this is a unique situation, and everyone’s circumstances are different, but there is some basic advice for people in violent relationships in lockdown.

‘If you are in immediate danger, call 999, and you can press 55 if you are unable to speak.

 ‘If you sense you may need to get out in the future, leave a bag packed with a neighbour. And make sure you have at least one person – a friend or a family member – who does know what is going on.

How to escape abusive relationships in this lockdown - Survivor offers hope Reviewed by Akande Boluwatife on May 06, 2020 Rating: 5

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