Support for victims of violence and abuse this Christmas and beyond

Published: Thursday, December 23, 2021

Residents are reminded that help is available 24 hours a day for people experiencing domestic abuse.

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In an emergency, always call the police on 999. For confidential support and advice call the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

Domestic abuse is any incident of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of their gender of sexuality. The abuse can be psychological and emotional, violent or threatening behaviour, physical and sexual, controlling or coercive behaviour and economic abuse.

The financial strain of Christmas coupled with the huge challenges many have experienced this year means it’s anticipated that there will be an increase in domestic abuse over the festive period.

Cabinet member for community safety Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “Christmas can be a financial and emotional strain, and this year, with the extra huge challenges brought by Covid, we are anticipating an increase in domestic violence over the festive period.

“Victims often don’t even realise they are being abused, so we would ask everyone to keep an eye out for family members, friends and neighbours. If it is safe to do so, reach out and help them get support. If you’re not sure what to do, you can get advice from the National Domestic Violence Helpline.”

For more information on domestic abuse and the support services available, visit the council website.