Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Ugly Link between the Holidays and Abuse

Campaign to tackle domestic violence increases at Christmas

A hard-hitting domestic violence campaign is being launched across West Lancashire in the run-up to Christmas - the busiest time of year for incidents. In West Lancashire, figures from previous years between December and January show an average increase of 22% of reports of domestic violence.

In a bid to tackle this alarming rise during the festive period West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership - of which the District Council is the lead agency - is sending out a warning to perpetrators that it won’t be tolerated.

Victims of domestic violence can contact the West Lancashire Women’s Refuge on 0808 100 3062 or Women’s Aid National on 0808 2000 247. Abusive partners can contact the Respect helpline on 0845 122 8609.

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