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Crimestoppers have launched a new campaign to increase reporting of domestic abuse in Cumbria.
On average, Cumbria Police deal with over 17 incidents of domestic abuse every day across the county, with almost half of these being against people who have experienced violence before. However, it is believed that many more cases go unreported.
Called ‘Behind Closed Doors’, the campaign aims to highlight that too many victims are suffering in silence at the hands of their partner, spouse or family member.
Domestic abuse is a serious crime but it remains largely hidden behind closed doors, leaving the victims trapped, powerless and isolated.
This campaign is designed to both signpost those who are victims to where they can receive help and support and also to give their families and friends a way of helping them.
Abuse can be physical, psychological, sexual, and financial, according to Crimestoppers it is thought the average victim will endure up to 35 assaults before speaking out. And, without help, the abuse is likely to increase over time or even result in death.
Victims are often too afraid to speak and, in many cases, neighbours, friends and even family will suspect that the offence is taking place but are reluctant to get involved.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse yourself or if you think you know someone who is please call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Clive Grunshaw, wants MPs to back a campaign for more protection for domestic abuse survivors.
Campaigner Eve Thomas, from Bolton, is calling for a change in the law to ensure victims do not have their safe-house addresses released.
Ms Thomas escaped a violent relationship and her former partner was ordered not to contact her.
While defending an unrelated civil issue in court, Ms Thomas discovered a legal loop-hole that would allow her safe-house address to be made publicly available to her former partner.
The Commissioner's support comes during a week of action in Lancashire to highlight the problem of domestic abuse in the county.
The Happy Mondays singer Rowetta who is a former victim of domestic abuse and Isobel Shirlaw from the charity Refuge discuss whether the police are doing enough to protect victims of domestic violence.
Police across the North West are launching a week of action to raise awareness of domestic abuse.
Officers will be alerting people to the signs and targeting known offenders.
Our region has one of the worst records in the country for domestic violence.
Recent figures show the number of reported incidents are on the rise.
Or call the National Domestic Violence helpline on 0808 2000 247.
Happy Mondays singer Rowetta is supporting Greater Manchester Police as part of a national week of action to tackle domestic abuse.
As a former victim of domestic abuse, Rowetta has joined forces with GMP to encourage other victims to come forward.
Click the video for her story.
Lancashire police has launched a week-long campaign to raise awareness of domestic abuse.Read the full story ›
The North West has one of the worst records in the country for domestic abuse. One leading women's charity says many people could be staying with violent partners because there are no longer places for them to shelter.
A charity is warning that support services for victims of domestic violence could be about to collapse. Women's Aid say that funding cuts have left massive gaps in provision.
Police and the local council on the Wirral are launching a campaign to combat domestic abuse. Research shows that reports of abuse tend to peak after children return to school. Victims are being urged to seek support.
"Domestic abuse has no boundaries and affects women of any age, living in all areas across Wirral. We understand how frightening living with domestic abuse can be. The fear of not knowing what will happen next is often the reason why some women do not feel able to tell anyone about what is happening to them. At the Family Safety Unit we will listen to you, believe your story and work with you to help you break free and live safely away from fear. We can support you with a wide range of options to reduce your risk. We work closely with Merseyside Police and support agencies."
"No-one should have to live with the threat of domestic abuse. Very often, just picking up the phone will be the first step to safety, and the start of a life where the threat of violence or intimidation is a thing of the past. It is important to remember that you don’t have to be hit to be in an abusive relationship – domestic violence is also about emotional and psychological abuse. If you or someone you know is in a violent or abusive relationship, please ring the Family Safety Unit, even if it is just for a chat."