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Domestic abuse campaign launches in Cumbria

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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.

– Lynda Shaw, Chair of Crimestoppers’ Cumbria Committee

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

Justice for more domestic violence survivors

80% of offenders prosecuted in the NW were convicted Credit: PA

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."


Domestic violence victim wins secrecy on hiding place

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.


'Clare's Law' to continue in Greater Manchester

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.

I am pleased that this scheme has received the success that it has had so far. To know that there are 126 people who are better informed now thanks to it highlight its benefits to the wider public.

“All too often victims, families and friends suffer devastating consequences and schemes such as this are a welcome to us all in protecting victims and preventing further crime.

– Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable, Sir Peter Fahy

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.

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