On 13 December 2023, Liz Davies KC instructed by PILC made oral closing submissions for Module 2 of the Covid Inquiry on behalf of Southall Black Sisters and Solace Women’s Aid.
We say that the rise in domestic abuse during the pandemic was as a direct result of the public health measures implemented and imposed by Government. We set out what the Government failed to do and what it could have done to make a significant different to survivors of domestic abuse who were stuck in unsafe homes. We said that there were four main failures:
Failure to be prepared well in advance of lockdown;
Failure to disseminate proper clear messaging;
Failure to consider an exception to the regulations that would have allowed people to provide a safe place to those fleeing domestic abuse;
A refusal to suspend the No Recourse to Public Funds condition leading to a triple threat of covid, domestic abuse and destitution; and
A failure to learn lessons from the first lockdown when it came to he second and third lockdowns.