Lockdown's domestic abuse crisis
As a journalist, I'm particularly passionate about raising awareness of domestic abuse.
And the need has never been greater, as lockdown gives abusers constant access to their victims.
As a survivor of domestic abuse, Gemma Evans knows how terrifying the current situation must be for people in abusive relationships.
“When I was trapped in a controlling relationship, my only release was being able to walk my children to school,” says Gemma, 37, from Hetton-le-Hole, Durham.
“For that short period of time I was able to breathe easy, but lockdown means abusers have 24/7 access to the victim. There’s no escape.”
Read on for more of Gemma's story.