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

Published: Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Residents are reminded of the 24-hour help available to those 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 physical, verbal, emotional, psychological, sexual or financial.

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.

We are asking everyone to look out for their friends, neighbours and family members, and to reach out to them if it is safe to do or seek advice from the National Domestic Violence Helpline. If in doubt. Services remain open through out the festive period.

For more information on domestic abuse and the support services available, go to wandsworth.gov.uk/community-safety/domestic-abuse

Councillor Jonathan Cook, Chair of the Safer Neighbourhood Board for Wandsworth, said: “Domestic abuse doesn’t discriminate – it affects people from all walks of life and Christmas can be a particular difficult time for victims of domestic abuse.

"We want to remind people that are suffering that they are not alone, help is available now and throughout the festive period. Please use the services available and reach out this Christmas if you need to.”