Q: Since the lockdown began my partner has been going out every day to the supermarket and bringing back booze which he sits and drinks. Then he gets nasty with me. He has always been verbally abusive towards me, but this is the worst ever and now he is hitting me too because he knows he can get away with it as I am stuck in the house and no-one sees me. I have thought about calling the police when he is at the supermarket, but even if they come what can happen while we are in lockdown? I am terrified I would just make things worse for myself. What can I do?
A: If you are in any way concerned for your safety, which clearly you are, then you absolutely must call the police at a time when it is safe to do so, such as when your partner is out shopping. If you don’t feel you can call the Police and you have internet access, you can find information about what to do on the National Domestic Abuse website. But better than that would be to get in touch with a solicitor. Even during the coronavirus crisis, we are all still working, albeit we are currently conducting appointments by telephone or email rather than face to face.
A solicitor will be able to offer you legal protection and put in place the necessary injunctions to ensure your abusive partner will not cause you further harm. If your situation should become severe, your solicitor can lodge an emergency application with the Court and obtain an Injunction within 24 hours. Please remember you are not alone. Support and advice are available, even during a pandemic!
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