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Help For Abuse Victims Over the Festive Season

Domestic Abuse

6:01am 28th December 2013

It's largely a time for joy and presents, but York Police are urging people to be aware of domestic violence over the Christmas period.

Statistics show that victims suffer on average 35 times before telling the police.

Hambleton and Richmondshire Community Safety Partnership’s Christmas initiative sees posters and leaflets bearing the words ‘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’ distributed across the two districts.

Around one quarter of all women and a sixth of all men encounter some form of domestic abuse within their lives, but only half of these incidents are ever reported to the police. 

Anyone can suffer - male or female, young or old, and of whatever sexual orientation and ethnic group. It can be physical, sexual, emotional, verbal or financial - causing pain and unhappiness to families and children.

Sarah Hill, Director of IDAS (Independent Domestic Abuse Service) explains, “Domestic abuse increases during December – and again in January, often as a result of financial pressures, the stress of Christmas, or excessive alcohol and drug misuse,”

“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. 

Contact IDAS on 03000 110 110 for advice and support to those suffering from domestic abuse.  Alternatively call North Yorkshire Police by dialling 101 - but in an emergency always dial 999.

Superinendent Phil Cane from North Yorkshire Police has this advice... (insert clip)


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