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

Release Date: 21 December 2020

Residents are reminded of the 24-hour help available to those experiencing domestic abuse.

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.

For more information on domestic abuse and the support services available, go to our Domestic abuse web page.

Cllr Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council, said:

"Tragically home is not a safe place for everyone, and Christmas can be a very difficult time. Domestic abuse doesn’t discriminate – it affects people from all walks of life.

"We want people suffering to know that they are not alone, and that help is available - now. It does not matter how stressful this year has been for people – there is no excuse for abuse. Please reach out and get help this Christmas if you need it."

Notes for editors

If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Fenna Maynard on 020 8487 5182.

Reference: P501/20

Updated: 24 March 2021