Wyre Council

Wyre domestic abuse victims reassured they will be “handled with care”

Published on Monday 11th June 2012

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Wyre Council has joined forces with Lancashire Police in a new campaign urging victims of domestic abuse not to suffer in silence.

 

The campaign, funded by Safer Lancashire, also reassures victims that they will be handled with care and given access to the support services they need to break free from abuse.

It is being launched ahead of a busy summer of events - including the Euro 2012 Football Championships as evidence suggests that there is often a rise in women being assaulted during football tournaments, largely as a result of increased alcohol consumption by their partners.

Councillor Roger Berry, Cabinet member with responsibility for community safety at Wyre Council said: "The aim of the campaign is to encourage women affected by domestic abuse to seek help at the earliest opportunity and not to suffer in silence.   

"One of the easiest ways to seek help is to contact The National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247, who will be able to advise on the wide ranging help and support that is available in Wyre to enable women and children to live their lives free from abuse.

"This ranges from safety plans through to support in accessing other necessary services such as benefits, health services, debt and housing advice. 

"Recently a Wyre Women's Centre opened at the Beehive Centre on Manor Road, Fleetwood and they have a drop in session on Thursday afternoons for all women to access advice and guidance".

Domestic abuse isn't just violence; it can be physical, emotional, psychological, financial or sexual. Anyone who is forced to alter their behaviour because they are frightened of their partner's reaction is being abused.

Although it is acknowledged that men as well as women can be victims of domestic abuse, this campaign focuses solely on women as victims as over 80 per cent of victims in domestic violence cases are women.

The National Domestic Violence Helpline can be contacted 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on 0808 2000 247. Contact police on 101 - always dial 999 in an emergency.

 

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