Domestic abuse support during the festive season

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Victims of domestic abuse are being urged to seek support during the festive season.

Most people look forward to the Christmas and New Year festive season, but relationships can hit problems during this time. Heavier drinking, money worries and unrealistic expectations can contribute to a seasonal rise in domestic abuse related crimes and incidents.

Cllr Viv Kendrick, our cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing said:

It’s a sad fact that services receive more calls in January than at any other time of year. We work in partnership with the police, housing services and voluntary and community organisations to offer much needed support to families experiencing the devastating effects of domestic abuse.

Whilst most people look forward to spending more time with their family during the festive season, people affected by domestic abuse dread this time of year. It can be an added pressure. We want people to know that they do not have to suffer in silence or behind closed doors”

Rebecca Hirst, Director of Pennine Domestic Violence Group said

Every week we see the effects of many types of domestic abuse. Unfortunately this number increases around December and January and is fuelled by alcohol and family pressures. We are committed to helping and protecting the victims of domestic abuse and work in partnership with many organisations including Kirklees Council and the Police to get the best possible outcome for the victim and their children. It’s really important that people know there is help and support available and they can call us on our 24/7 hour confidential helpline number on 0800 052 7222”

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Where to go for help

If you are victim of abuse, support is available by contacting us on 01924 431491 or by visiting our domestic abuse webpage

You can also dial 999 in an emergency, or 101 for a non-emergency situation.

If you wish to talk to someone about domestic abuse, you can at any time of the day or night, by contacting Pennine Domestic Violence Group on 0800 052 7222. They provide a free, 24-hour confidential service and assistance to temporary emergency safe accommodation.

Those at risk of hurting someone they love can get help from Respect who provide a national phoneline: 0808 802 4040 Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm. You can also visit Respect’s website for more support

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