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As instances of domestic violence continue to rise around the world amid the outbreak of COVID-19, the newscaster had the phone number for the UK’s National Domestic Abuse helpline written on her hand throughout the broadcast on Monday.
Posting to Twitter following the program, Derbyshire wrote: “The National Domestic Abuse hotline has seen a 25 per cent increase in calls and online requests for help in the past week.”
The National Domestic Abuse hotline has seen a 25% increase in calls & online requests for help in past week
During the lockdown there’s also been a daily rise in people going on the helpline website & last wk that figure was up by 150%
The helpline is open 24/7 pic.twitter.com/onHBSfhERV
— Victoria Derbyshire (@vicderbyshire) April 6, 2020
“During the lockdown there’s also been a daily rise in people going to the helpline website and last week that figure was up by 150 per cent,” she added.
Speaking to CNN, the journalist further explained that she initially wrote the phone number on her hand to take a photo of it to share on social media.
“I left it on my skin in case it could help any of the millions watching after 9am on BBC1,” she said, before adding that it was already “shocking enough” that two UK women were killed every week by a partner or ex-partner before the coronavirus outbreak began.
“Now some will be trapped with a violent perpetrator in self isolation or partial lockdown and it’s even more vital to get the helpline number out there,” she added.