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Domestic violence commissioner calls for plan to tackle domestic violence amid pandemicDomestic Abuse Commissioner Nicole Jacobs called on the government to put in place a plan to help tackle abuse at home, warning of a surge beyond fall following the coronavirus lockdown .

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today program, she said a 77% increase in domestic violence hotline use in June was ‘brutal’ and that charities were seeing an “increase in demand for services” since the lockdown was relaxed.

Ms Jacobs added, “There has been some government funding, but just to point out that this funding is in place and has been given to charities and services until the end of October.

“Of course this push is going to go way beyond that, so one thing the government needs to put in place is a post-October plan and it’s pretty urgent to do now because we can see the evidence is right. in front of us. ”

She said it was the “responsibility” of employers to protect the well-being of staff and understand how their workers were doing during the lockdown, including with regard to the possibility of domestic violence.

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