Everyone has a right to live free from violence and abuse this Christmas and beyond

Published: Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Residents are reminded that 24-hour help is available to those experiencing domestic abuse, including over the Christmas period. 

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The financial strain of Christmas together with the Cost of Living crisis and other challenges means it’s anticipated that there will be an increase in domestic abuse over the festive period. 

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 or sexuality. The abuse can be psychological and emotional, violent or threatening behaviour, physical and sexual, controlling or coercive behaviour and economic abuse. 

Cabinet member for community safety Graeme Henderson said: “Remember abuse can take many forms. If you are a victim, please reach out for help.  Some people may not realise they are victims so please keep an eye out for friends, neighbours or loved ones.” 

  • In an emergency, always call the police on 999.  
  • For confidential support and advice call the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247.  
  • See a full list of available support . The page has exit page links if you need to click away from it quickly.