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Speak out about abuse

Domestic violence figures have increased over recent months Photo: ITV Meridian

Family, friends and neighbours are being encouraged to speak out if they think someonth they know is being abused.

A campaign to tackle domestic abuse is being launched in the Thames Valley today, aiming to increase awareness and break the cycle of domestic abuse.

There are around 32, 000 reported incidents of domestic abuse every year and statistics show an increase in the months of March, June, July and August.

But police say the majority of domestic abuse still goes unreported, and the focus of the campaign is to contact police or other specialist support agencies.

A dedicated website and video has been launched to provide information for victims and those who know them. It also includes links to national and local support services.

“Domestic abuse can take many forms; it doesn’t have to be physical violence. Domestic abuse counts for one in seven of all violent incidents in England and Wales. It is a crime and we take all reports of domestic abuse seriously.”

– Helen Ball, Assistant Chief Constable

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