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Support for victims of violence and abuse this Christmas and beyond

23 December 2021

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

Victims often do not realise they are being abused. 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. Find out more about where you can get help.

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Up to: December 2021

Updated: 29 December 2021

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