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Campaign To Stop Domestic Abuse Launched In York

Domestic Abuse

6:20am 19th December 2013

A new advertising campaign to raise awareness of domestic abuse and offer help to victims has been launched by City of York Council’s crime-fighting Safer York Partnership (SYP).

SYP’s statistics show that incidents of domestic violence rise by about 10 per cent over the Christmas period. Working closely with North Yorkshire Police and the Independent Domestic Abuse Service (IDAS), this campaign aims to alert people to domestic abuse, how it can manifest itself, and to give victims information on how to report incidents and seek support and advice.

With the lines ‘I’m dreaming of a white Christmas ... not an abusive one’ and ‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year ... but for some it isn’t’, this advertising campaign is extending across the city on the side of First buses driving the number 6 route.

Cllr Linsay Cunningham-Cross, City of York Council’s Cabinet Member for Crime and Stronger Communities, said: “Domestic abuse can take many forms, none of which are acceptable. At whatever time of year it’s experienced and whether it’s a woman or a man that’s suffering, we want to remind people that it’s not right and that there is help and support available.”

Sarah Hill, director of IDAS York, said: “Domestic abuse incidents increase during December and again in January. Many believe this is as a result of financial pressures, and excessive alcohol as well as the fact that families are spending more concentrated time together.

“Whatever the reasons it is crucial that victims know they are not alone, that there is help in the area and people don’t have to suffer in silence.   And we must also remember it’s not just victims who are affected by domestic abuse - children in the household are often the forgotten victims of this crime.”

The campaign reminds people that in an emergency they should dial 999, or they can call IDAS on 03000 110 110 or call the Rape Support Line on 0300 111 0777. Victims can also get advice by clicking on the Domestic Abuse surgery on the home page of .

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