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Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership highlights help at Christmas

The Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership is highlighting its campaign to “break the cycle” of violence in the run up to Christmas.

In 2017/18 there were 19,651 reported cases in Hertfordshire, a 7.1% increase on the previous year and historically, incidents increase over the festive season.

Cllr Colette Wyatt-Lowe, executive member for adult care and health at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “Christmas is a time for celebration and kindness, and for many of us its precious time we look forward to spending with family. However, sadly for some Christmas will bring about feelings of fear and anxiety as a result of domestic abuse and that’s not right; no one should live in fear or intimidation.

“As we go into the festive season, I would like to send a message to anyone affected in Hertfordshire to say that you are not alone; help and advice is available and waiting for you and I would urge you to speak to someone in confidence and get that support for yourself or for a loved one you think might be in need.”

In Hertfordshire, children were known to be present in the home in 26% of all reported domestic abuse crimes and incidents in 2015/16 and in 14% of these, children had viewed the abuse taking place.

In every three cases of domestic abuse, two of the people being abused will be female and one will be male. In the UK, one in four women and one in six men will be affected by domestic abuse at some stage during their lifetime.

Free confidential advice is available at www.hertssunflower.org or by calling the Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline on 08 088 088 088 (9am-9pm Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm Sat/Sun) including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. In an emergency, always dial 999.

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