POLICE fear domestic abuse will rise across South Yorkshire this weekend as pubs reopen after months of lockdown.
South Yorkshire Police’s lead for domestic abuse, Supt Shelley Hemsley, spelled out the support on offer ahead of the further easing of lockdown restrictions tomorrow.
She said: “Alcohol can be an aggravating factor, and at a time of increased anxiety, we are unfortunately preparing to see a rise in reports of domestic abuse.
“The restrictions which have been in place throughout Covid-19 have meant many domestic abuse victims feel increasingly isolated. It’s important that if needed, these victims can reach us.
“If you are a victim, or feel at risk, please remember we are here for you.
"There are numerous ways you can report abuse to us and we are here to help and keep you safe. If you are a neighbour, relative or member of the public who hears or sees domestic abuse taking place or are concerned about someone’s safety, please consider contacting the police."
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, and need immediate and emergency help, call 999.
If you aren’t in need of urgent help but you still want to report domestic abuse, you can do so by calling 101 or, if you are still worried you will be overheard, by visiting the dedicated domestic abuse reporting portal at https://www.reportingcrime.uk/SYPDA/.