Emotional Victoria Derbyshire has mentioned she confronted some “actually troublesome occasions” throughout childhood whereas dwelling with a violent father who used to whip her along with his belt.
The BBC presenter mentioned she as soon as needed to contact the police over considered one of his outbursts.
Derbyshire, 51, introduced the information in April with the phone quantity for the Nationwide Home Abuse helpline written on her hand.
And in tonight’s Panorama episode, she speaks of her fears for different girls in lockdown and recalled the home abuse she witnessed as a baby.
Derbyshire mentioned: “When the prime minister instructed us all to remain at residence due to coronavirus, considered one of my first ideas was for these dwelling in abusive households – girls, males and kids, basically trapped, pressured to remain inside week after week. What would occur to them?
“Rising up, I keep in mind my complete physique tensing each time I heard my father’s key within the again door. What temper would he be in when he got here residence from work? Would he provoke an argument? Would it not result in him hitting me, whipping me along with his belt or simply slapping me around the again of my head?”
In a video clip filmed for BBC Panorama: Escaping My Abuser outdoors her childhood residence in Littleborough, Rochdale, Derbyshire mentioned: “I keep in mind as soon as, he locked my mum of their bed room and he was hitting her and there was a great deal of noise and I used to be scared.
“So I ran from right here all the way down to the police station which was, I don’t know, perhaps a mile or one thing?
“I used to be 12 or 13, I used to be so scared, I simply ran to the police station, simply ran in and mentioned, ‘My dad’s hitting my mum, please are you able to come?’.”
In an article for the BBC information web site, Derbyshire mentioned that going to high school whereas her father was working “meant respite from the disruptive shouting and merciless violence”.
“The love in our lives got here from my superb mum who did every thing she may to make up for his failings,” Derbyshire mentioned.
She has spoken to different girls who’ve been victims of home abuse throughout lockdown and added: “Spending the previous couple of months discovering out concerning the actuality of home abuse underneath lockdown has been stunning – however I’ve additionally met girls who’ve courageously escaped throughout essentially the most difficult circumstances.
“I haven’t met one survivor, charity employee or home abuse advocate in the previous couple of months who mentioned that they had seen any proof the federal government in England had thought of the impact lockdown would have on these dwelling in an abusive family.”
Refuge, the charity which runs the Nationwide Home Abuse Helpline, has reported an increase within the variety of calls they obtained through the lockdown.
Final month the organisation’s director of operations Jane Keeper mentioned there had been “big spikes within the variety of girls who’ve wanted or assist throughout lockdown, and as restrictions begin to ease we’re seeing demand rise but extra”.
In July the charity mentioned the Nationwide Home Abuse Helpline had obtained greater than 40,000 calls because the begin of the coronavirus lockdown.
Refuge’s phone helpline, which ordinarily logs round 270 calls and contacts from girls, family and friends members needing assist day by day, noticed a rise of 77% throughout June.
*BBC Panorama: Escaping My Abuser airs tonight at 7.30pm on BBC1
The Nationwide Home Abuse Helpline might be contacted without cost at any time of the day or evening on 0808 2000 247.