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|Title:||Domestic Abuse: Don’t suffer in silence this Christmas|
|ID & Publication:||20131211014 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
|Subject:||Community News |
Doncaster Council and South Yorkshire Police are working together this Christmas to raise awareness around domestic abuse
December 16th saw the introduction of a new helpline number in Doncaster, where services have now been extended to provide confidential advice, support and information to victims of domestic abuse aged 16 and over, allowing them access to the help that they need.
Domestic abuse is so very often the most hidden of all violent crimes, with abuse taking place behind closed doors. Statistics show that the average victim suffers 35 incidents of domestic abuse before they report it.
‘Domestic abuse occurs in all types of families’, said Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones. ‘ Although the majority of victims are women, men can also be victims, and the abuse can range from emotional through to financial, physical and sexual abuse. We know how hard it is for people to come forward as they are often in very complicated situations, and we would encourage anyone who has concerns about themselves or a friend or relative to make contact with us.’
December also saw the commencement of an enhanced victim service based around community support, emergency refuge and additional housing for those fleeing domestic abuse, in addition to the new helpline. This will complement existing services being provided by long standing partners such as Women’s Aid, Victim Support and the Women’s Centre. Details of all available support services can be found at www.doncasterdomesticabuse.co.uk
A new perpetrator programme is also being developed, which is anticipated to be delivering intervention programmes from April 2014. This will enable perpetrators of domestic abuse to seek help, changing attitudes, behaviours and reducing the impact for victims and families.
Bob Sanderson, Strategic Lead on Domestic Abuse for Doncaster Council said ‘Domestic abuse is very high on our agenda right now and we hope that through our new approach we will allow early access to help and support and focus particularly on early interventions to prevent escalation . We want to remind people that domestic abuse is not acceptable behaviour and will not be tolerated within our communities.’
The Christmas Campaign reminds people that everyone deserves to have a peaceful ‘Silent Night’ and encourages access to help and support from our partners.
South Yorkshire Police Superintendent Peter Norman, force lead on violent crime said: ‘Victims and their families do not need to suffer in silence.
‘There are many excellent services across the county that can offer support if they do not feel comfortable reporting abuse to police.
‘South Yorkshire Police will never tolerate domestic abuse and we will always assist people to escape violent and abusive relationships. This is why we have created a film that we hope will encourage anyone who can relate to it, to seek help.’
Doncaster Domestic Abuse Service can be contacted now on 0800 4701505 or you can visit the website at www.doncasterdomesticabuse.co.uk
A short film 'Can you relate to this?' can be viewed via:
See the attached pdf for more details: DMBC Domestic Violence Campaign
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