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Warwickshire’s seasonal domestic abuse campaign got the message across

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During Christmas/New Year period as families spend more time together, tensions can rise and it is a sad fact that reports of domestic abuse tend to increase. With this in mind, and expecting to see a 33% increase in reported incidents, Warwickshire Against Domestic Abuse (WADA) issued media releases with a view to ensuring the public were aware that support was available.

The WADA partnership encouraged victims to find the courage to speak out, and reassured friends and families whose loved ones suffer at the hands of an abuser that there is help for them too.

Coverage for the campaign was extensive. Perhaps helped by connections with a story-line running in a popular TV soap

http://www.itv.com/news/central/story/2012-12-20/christmas-domestic-abuse/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-20838166

http://www.rugbyadvertiser.co.uk/news/local/support-agency-s-concern-over-spike-in-domestic-abuse-1-4627478

http://www.102touchfm.co.uk/news/local-news/warwickshire-police-expect-rise-in-domestic-abuse-cases/

WADA intend to follow up the campaign in 2013

Support contact details

 Anyone seeking information and support about domestic abuse can access the Warwickshire Against Domestic Abuse Talk 2 Someone free helpline on 0800 408 1552, available between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 4pm Saturday.

 There is also a website – www.talk2someone.org.uk – which offers information and support for victims, families, friends and neighbours as well as perpetrators, who may be looking to turn things around.

 Further information is also available at

www.refuge.org.uk

 If you are in immediate danger contact Warwickshire Police by dialling 999 -. Warwickshire Police can also be contacted on 01926 415000.

About Paul Hooper, WCC (575 Articles)
Group Manager: Community Safety and Substance Misuse
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