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Shock new figures fuel fears of more lockdown domestic abuse killings in UK

Calls to advice hotlines soar as abusers turn to latest technology to intimidate and control partners

Calls to the UK’s largest domestic abuse helpline are rising “week on week” as new figures reveal that almost 50 suspected killings may have occurred during the first lockdown.

The charity Refuge, which runs the National Domestic Abuse helpline, said it was “very concerned” by the continuing upward trend in demand for its services, with England a little over a week into its second lockdown.

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