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.
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
Increasing numbers of domestic violence survivors are seeking justice in the north west.
Figures released by the Crown Prosecution Service show more offenders were prosecuted and convicted here than in any other region in England and Wales last year.
Nazir Afzal, Chief Crown Prosecutor, North West Area said "We have seen a steady and significant increase in the number of prosecutions and convictions for domestic violence in recent years.... I hope this gives survivors confidence in coming forward and reporting incidents to the police."
A domestic violence campaigner from the North West has persuaded the government to keep the new addresses of victims secret from their abusive partners.
When Eve Thomas refused to tell a court where she was hiding from her ex-husband, she was told she would be sent to jail.
Since then she has pushed the government to change the law. Now the Home Office has announced that "Eve's Law" will be adopted as a code of practice.
A woman who survived years of domestic violence has won a victory in her fight to keep victim's addresses secret.
While defending an unrelated civil issue in court, Eve Thomas discovered a legal loop-hole allowing her safe-house address to be made publicly available to her former partner.
She was threatened with jail when she refused to reveal her address to a court - but eventually won the right to keep it confidential.
Now as a result of her campaign her proposals for 'Eve's Law' are to be adopted in a new code of practice.
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.
Exactly a year since the trial began in Greater Manchester of Clare's Law, questions are being asked about exactly how effective it is. The scheme gives people the right to ask police if their partner has a history of violence.
A scheme named 'Clare's Law' which allows people to check if their partner has a violent past will continue in Greater Manchester. It was piloted in the area a year ago.
It allows people to ask police if their partner, partner of a loved one or friend, has a history of domestic abuse.
It also gives police and other local agencies the power to disclose such a history where they fear someone may be at risk
Clare, from Salford, was tragically murdered by her former partner George Appleton in 2009. She knew nothing of his violent past.
Clare’s Law can be used by anyone concerned over a partner’s abusive behaviour or those concerned about a friend or family member in a relationship and at risk of violence by their partner.
Police say dozens of women in Greater Manchester have used Clare's Law to find out if thier partners have a violent past.
It follows a campaign after the murder Clare Wood who was killed by her ex-boyfriend, George Appleton.
The year-long pilot scheme was introduced last September.