TV Journalist shares a secret message to viewers amid coronavirus

A very important message indeed.

Popular BBC host Victoria Derbyshire is being praised online after presenting the news with a subtle message for victims of domestic violence.

Loyal viewers noticed the British journliast had a scrawling on written in pen on her left hand during the broadcast.

Once you look a little closer, the digits read: "0808 2000 247". This also happens to be the number for the domestic violence helpline in the UK.

The journalist used her position on TV to help highlight the importance of supporting those who are experiencing domestic violence.



Around the world, people have been concerned that a spike in violence will take place while families are in an enforced lockdown.

Speaking to CNN, Derbyshire said she had written the number on her hand to tweet a photo of it before she went on air.

“I left it on my skin in case it could help any of the millions watching after 9am on BBC1,” she said, adding the numbers of women killed every week by a partner or an ex were “shocking enough” before the pandemic.

As she explained, the seasoned journalist also took to Twitter before the broadcast to share a close-up image of the number on her hand, in a bid to highlight the hotline is available for those in need.

"The National Domestic Abuse hotline has seen a 25% increase in calls & online requests for help in past week," she shared on Twitter.

"During the lockdown there’s also been a daily rise in people going on the helpline website & last wk that figure was up by 150%... The helpline is open 24/7."



The Australian Government is also aware of the impact the COVID-19 lockdown may have on those families who are experincing domestic violence. 

On March 30 and April 2, the Council Of Australian Governments (COAG) Women’s Safety Council held an inaugural meeting via teleconference alongside the Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Marise Payne and Minister for Families and Social Services, Senator the Hon Anne Ruston.

According to their announcement, the Council welcomed the Government’s emergency $150 million funding to support family and domestic violence services.

It has been noted that this funding will ensure support is available to those who need it over the next six months. The money will be used to help those experiencing violence by providing safer housing and emergency accommodation, counselling and outreach, crisis support and helplines and more.

If you or anyone you know is in trouble, seek help by heading to White Ribbon or contact Life Line on 13 11 14.

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