Domestic abuse rose in London by up to 40 per cent in the first lockdown, new research has found. A study, carried out by Royal Holloway, University of London, discovered rates of domestic abuse had increased far more starkly than findings which came from police statistics.

Researchers, who utilised a new algorithm for internet search data, honed in on 35 keywords that domestic violence victims often search on the internet, such as wording associated with refuge, support, charity, aid, legal protection, and threatening and abusive relationships.

 

Researchers said the disparity between the police statistics and their data could indicate victims were less likely to report to the police in the lockdown the government rolled out at the beginning of March last year.

Professor Dan Anderberg, head of the Department of Economics at Royal Holloway, said: “The results from the current study show that concerns, raised at the time, that victims of domestic abuse were less likely to report to the police during the lockdown were well-founded.

“Going forward the research also provides a tool for monitoring the level of domestic abuse incidence in real-time.”

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Source: Domestic abuse rose in London by up to 40% in first lockdown, study finds

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By / Published On: December 15th, 2021 / Tags: , / Categories: Crime, News /

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