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More protection needed for domestic abuse survivors

Lancashire Police & Crime Commissioner, Clive Grunshaw Credit: PA

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.

Domestic abuse campaigner, Eve Thomas Credit: ITV Granada

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.

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The Commissioner's support comes during a week of action in Lancashire to highlight the problem of domestic abuse in the county.

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Where to find help if you are suffering from domestic abuse

Domestic Violence campaign Credit: PA

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.

If you are suffering from domestic violence you can find help from Women's Aid, Refuge or go to endthefear.co.uk

Or call the National Domestic Violence helpline on 0808 2000 247.

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Wirral campaign against domestic abuse launched

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."

– Jill Barr, manager of the Wirral Council Family Safety Unit

"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."

– Cllr George Davies, Wirral’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Engagement
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