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BIRMINGHAM: Seek help for domestic abuse at Christmas

BIRMINGHAM: Seek help for domestic abuse at Christmas

PCC Simon Foster. Credit LDRS

People suffering from domestic abuse over the festive season have been advised to seek help by the new Police and Crime Commissioner.

Speaking this week at his first Strategic Policing and Crime Board since being elected to office earlier this year, Simon Foster chose to highlight the ‘significant issue’ of domestic abuse.

The festive period often sees the number of cases of domestic abuse increase across the country, with Christmas 2020 seeing the number of domestic violence incidents nearly doubling nationally from 200,000 reports in 2019 to 369,000 in 2020.

Since being appointed Mr Foster has highlighted tackling domestic abuse as one of his top priorities, with the region’s first ever Victim’s Commissioner appointed back in May in the form of Birmingham councillor Nicky Brennan.

And, speaking today (Dec 21), Mr Foster urged those in need this festive season to seek help, pointing them to a resource with all the available information.

“I would like to wish everyone across the West Midlands a happy, peaceful and safe Christmas and New Year and I also pay tribute to the police staff and officers who will be working over the period to keep us all safe,” he said.

“However, I would also like to highlight that there are people for whom home will not be a safe place over Christmas. We know that domestic abuse can be a significant issue at this time of year. I’m pleased that in recent months we have doubled the number of Independent Advisors working to support victims through the criminal justice system and have supported recent campaigns to encourage reporting.

“Across the West Midlands there is support for those suffering domestic abuse and I’d encourage anyone suffering abuse or violence to visit a website hosted by the OPCC – – where information on all the support available is hosted.

“That support is available, whether you report abuse to the police or not.”

Words: Tom Dare, Local Democracy Reporter

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