A woman endured hell in lockdown at the hands of her husband who raped her more than 100 times, according to a shocking BBC Panorama interview.
Jess – which is not the woman's real name – told the program that her husband gave her a sick message on the day lockdown was announced in March.
In the interview with the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire, she recalls: "I was at home with him, we were both listening to Boris Johnson and he looked over at me, he had his arms folded back and chest out – because he knew that would intimidate me – and he looked at me and he said: 'Let the games begin'."
Jess tearfully added: "And he said: 'If you think it was bad before with the rape, you're in for a rough ride'.
"So the rape started really, really, really bad, really bad.
"Curtains would get closed, TV would be up loud, front door would be locked, music would be turned up, so nobody could hear me screaming for someone, for anybody."
When asked how many times her husband raped her, Jess guessed it was "easily" 100 times, if not more.
Jess was terrified about calling the police for help in case her husband heard her.
But when he was asleep, she managed to silently text the emergency 999 number after looking up how to do so online.
In-depth research about domestic abuse in lockdown has been carried out by the charity Women’s Aid for Panorama.
Women’s Aid said that 91% of respondents currently experiencing domestic abuse claimed the pandemic had negatively impacted them in at least one way.
Of those women living with their abuser during lockdown, 61% said the abuse had worsened and 68% said they felt they had no one to turn to during lockdown.
Sarah Davidge, Women’s Aid Research and Evaluation manager, said: "Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic did not cause domestic abuse, it has created a perfect storm of challenges for survivors and the services supporting them.
"The Covid-19 virus, and lockdown measures designed to fight it, gave perpetrators a tool that they quickly learned to use for coercion, manipulation and to induce fear.
"This in turn exposed survivors to worsening domestic abuse, whilst restricting their access to support."
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