Open hotels to domestic abuse survivors during lockdown

2020-04-15 15:36:00 +0100

Can we keep in touch?

Already since the lockdown began calls to domestic abuse hotlines in the UK have increased and so have the number of abuse-related murders. As the lockdown continues and stress rises, this will only get worse.

But there is a simple solution.

At the start of the lockdown we, together with Southall Black Sisters and backed by over 30 other NGOs including the Fawcett Society, Amnesty, and Jo Cox Foundation - wrote to hotel chains across the UK asking them to open up their rooms to domestic abuse survivors.

The response was overwhelmingly positive but the hotels said they do need financial support from the government to pay workers they will bring back off furlough to staff the hotels they intend to open to abuse survivors. 

We are now lobbying the government to put in place that financial support. They have done it for businesses. They have done it, rightly, for people experiencing homelessness. We need them to show the same compassion to survivors of domestic abuse who will otherwise face weeks trapped with a violent friend, partner or family member.