Christmas is a magical time of the year for many – but for some it is a season to dread.
As families spend more time together and many celebrate with alcoholic drinks, the agencies working together as Warwickshire Against Domestic Abuse are reminding victims to speak out and seek help.
The number of cases reported to Police at this time of year traditionally increases – but it is believed many more suffer in silence for the sake of keeping their family together at this time of year.
Abuse can take many forms – physical, emotional, financial or sexual – and most victims will suffer many times over several years before taking the first step and talking to someone they trust.
Domestic abuse can start with small changes in behaviour. It is all about control and if your partner restricts your access to money, or stops you meeting up with your friends, then this could be domestic abuse. This could affect your behaviour, making you quieter than normal, more introverted and less confident. Please look after your friends and relatives too and be aware of any signs that their partner may be abusing them.
There are a number of ways people can find out more about domestic abuse. If you’d like to talk to someone about your situation and the options available to you then please do look at the www.talk2someone.org.uk website as there’s so much information on it including the contact details of all the support agencies in Warwickshire. You can also call our helpline on 0800 408 1552 and please remember in an emergency always dial 999.
The secure www.talk2someone.org.uk website has secrecy controls and brings together a range of support information for anyone affected by domestic abuse. This includes information for young people, friends and relatives and perpetrators too to help them change their behaviour.
Please note that the Warwickshire Against Domestic Abuse 0800 408 1552 helpline is open as normal on most days over the Christmas period except Wednesday 28th Dec when it is open from 08:00 to 19:00 and it is closed on Monday 26th Dec, Tuesday 27th Dec and Monday 2 January.