Victims urged to come forward

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CAMBS police this week launched its Dear Santa campaign to encourage victims of domestic abuse to come forward.

Det Insp Alan Page said: “It’s not just the victims of domestic abuse who suffer: for their children it is just as traumatic. Often at Christmas we see an increase in incidents of abuse and for the children living within those households it’s a time to fear.

“Every child has the right to feel safe and happy and for some children all they will want this Christmas is for the hurt to stop. I would urge anyone who is a victim of abuse not to suffer in silence and take that first step towards seeking support.

“The force has a Domestic Abuse Investigations and Safeguarding Unit (DAISU) which investigates all domestic abuse crimes, meaning victims deal with specially trained officers.”

As part of the campaign the force has issued a poster which features a letter to Santa from a child whose mother is a victim of domestic abuse.

The poster will be displayed at key locations, such as doctors’ surgeries and hospitals. It will be supported by a radio campaign from a child’s perspective.

Det Insp Page added: “The force is committed to reducing domestic abuse and providing support to victims and their families through our partner agencies.

“We hope that by highlighting the impact abuse has on children more victims will feel empowered to come forward.” For more information about the campaign visit – www.getclosertochristmas.org

Useful contact numbers:

Cambridgeshire Constabulary – 101

Childline – 0800 11 11

NSPCC – www.nspcc.org.uk

National Domestic Violence Hotline - 0808 2000 247

Women’s Aid and Refuge; National Helpline 0808 2000 247;

Men’s Advice Line: 0808 801 0327 : 0808 801 0327 www.mensadviceline.org.uk

Everyman Project: 0207 263 8884 www.everymanproject.co.uk

Ashiana Project: 0208 539 0427. Advice and support and safe housing for South Asian, Turkish and Iranian women fleeing domestic abuse or forced marriage.