PUBLISHED: 07:38, Sun, May 3, 2020 | UPDATED: 07:49, Sun, May 3, 2020
JK Rowling said she has contributed to Refuge and Crisis (Image: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
The author, 54, wrote on Twitter she had contributed to Refuge and Crisis "because we know that domestic abuse has, sadly, increased hugely during the lockdown". The Government has also acted on fears that the instruction to stay at home means some people may feel trapped in dangerous situations. Minister Robert Jenrick said: "As a father of three girls I cannot even imagine women and young children being put in this situation - but they are.
"We must be alive to the reality of what is happening in all too many homes across the country.
"I want us to defend the rights of those women and those children wherever we can and that is what we're going to do."
The cash will fund accommodation for survivors of abuse and their children. It will also help charities offer new ways of helping those in need, through telephone and online services. Addressing victims of domestic violence directly, urging them to call police if they are in trouble, Mr Jenrick said: "You are not alone, you do not have to