Police urge domestic abuse victims not to suffer in silence

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AS part of today’s (September 21) global ‘Peace Day’ police are urging victims of domestic abusenot to suffer in silence.

The ‘Peace One Day’ campaign aims to see the largest global reduction of violence ever, including a focus on reducing violence against women.

Det Insp Lorraine Parker said: “Today’s Peace Day is about reducing domestic abuse by encouraging victims and those who are aware of victims of abuse to contact police or other support agencies.

“I would urge anyone who is a victim of abuse not to suffer in silence and take that first step towards seeking help.

“In April we launched the force’s first Domestic Abuse Investigations and Safeguarding Unit (DAISU) to investigate all domestic abuse crimes, meaning victims deal with specially trained officers.”

The force also has a domestic violence desk run with Cambridgeshire County Council Independent Domestic Violence Advisory Service (IDVAS).

The IDVAS team support high risk victims of domestic violence in crisis, providing support and guidance regarding their immediate safety and the safety of the children in their care. This includes: safety planning, assistance with safe accommodation, security within the home, finances, benefits, and support through criminal and civil court proceedings

The team has recently recruited the county’s first Young Persons IDVAS who provides support to young people aged between 13 and 19 years old, who are or have been in abusive intimate relationships.

Deirdre Reed, domestic abuse manager, said: “We are seeing an increase in the reporting of domestic abuse by young people within the county and it’s important that we respond to this, by providing dedicated resources to support and protect those young people.

“We are supporting an increasing number of female victims of a young age, who also may have young children themselves. Those very young children are equally vulnerable and also at risk of harm from the same identified perpetrator. We work closely with our colleagues in child protection to ensure everyone affected by the abuse receives the right level of protection.”

Useful contact numbers:

Cambridgeshire Constabulary - 101

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.

For more information about Peace Day visit – www.peaceoneday.org