Worcester City councillors are urging people not to ignore signs of domestic abuse over the festive period.
Financial pressures, alcohol on tap, trying to create the ‘perfect’ Christmas and being cooped up together for long periods all contribute to a regular rise in domestic abuse at this time of year.
“The festive season is regrettably a time when incidents of domestic violence can peak,” says Cllr Lynn Denham, Vice Chair of the Communities Committee at Worcester City Council.
“Don’t let victims of domestic violence suffer in silence; call 0800 980 3331 now to get help and support from experienced professionals.”
On Friday morning (8 December), councillors took to the streets in Worcester and encouraged people to sign a pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about domestic abuse and sexual violence.
Their actions support the 16-day White Ribbon campaign (25 November – 10 December 2017) promoted by the Worcestershire Forum Against Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence.
On average, two women a week in England and Wales are killed by a violent partner or ex-partner.
Between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017, there were 11,075 reported domestic abuse incidents in Worcestershire. These incidents were witnessed by 5,754 children, 789 of which have been exposed three or more times to domestic violence and 202 children who have been exposed five or more times.
The reporting of incidents of domestic abuse has increased across Worcestershire. Calls to the 0800 980 3331 helpline run by the Worcestershire Forum Against Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence have increased by 26.8% over the past twelve months.
Support and advice for victims of domestic violence is available atwww.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20379/domestic_violence_and_sexual_abuse
In an emergency, always call 999.
You can show your support for the White Ribbon campaign by making an online pledge at www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk/worcestershire - the goal is 10,000 pledges between now and the end of the year.