Help is at hand for victims of domestic abuse
Thursday 2nd January 2014 14:34 News Posted by Lisa B

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A countywide campaign has been launched in Derbyshire to highlight domestic abuse.

Run by the police, county council and Derby City Council, it will offer support to victims and raise awareness of what is a growing problem.

Last December there were 1,563 domestic violence incidents recorded in Derbyshire, a 5.8 per cent increase on December 2011 and 2.7 per cent up compared to an average month.

The campaign, called the 12 days of Christmas, highlights the fact that victims can experience all types of abuse including physical, financial and psychological.

Posters encouraging people to ring the Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Helpline, or Derbyshire police, are going on display across the county as part of the campaign.

They will be put up in places such as pubs, bars and doctor surgeries, as well as on buses running throughout Derby city.

Advice and safety information will be tweeted by the police and councils for the next 12 days, highlighting the help available for victims in Derbyshire.

Insp Andrea Parkin said: “The Christmas period is a time for the family, with the focus on giving and sharing, however in some families Christmas is a time of fear and violence.

“We are hoping to raise the profile of domestic abuse and encourage victims to get help. If they don’t want to contact the police they can ring the helpline for advice.”

Council Deputy Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Cllr  Paul Smith said: “We often see a rise in domestic abuse at busy family times such as Christmas when emotional tensions can be heightened and want victims to be reassured professional support is available at the end of a phone.”

Anyone who needs help or support should ring the Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Helpline on 08000 198668 or in an emergency call 999.

Advice is also available on the force at www.derbyshire.police.uk/Safety-advice/Personal-Safety/Domestic-Violence.aspx