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Bedfordshire Police calls on hair professionals to help victims of domestic abuse

As lockdown restrictions in the fight against COVID-19 are further eased, hair salons are just one of the business sectors preparing to reopen their doors from 4 July 2020.

Bedfordshire Police is asking professionals to familiarise themselves with the signs of domestic abuse, in consideration for returning, or new, clients who may have lived through lockdown with their abuser.

The Force said that one in four women and one in seven men will suffer domestic abuse in their lifetime. Adding that around 78,000 women and 44,000 men across the county will be affected by this crime.

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Child abuse and neglect concerns amidst Coronavirus pandemic

Bedfordshire Police has said that due to families isolating themselves due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many children and young people could be at a heightened risk of abuse and neglect.

School is often regarded as a safe place by children who are victims of abuse. But at the moment children are no longer regularly interacting with trusted adults such as teachers, social workers, grandparents, and neighbours.

So there is less opportunity for any safeguarding issues to be flagged with the relevant authorities.

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