Domestic abuse: help is out therePublished Thursday, 28th November 2013
Help is out there – that’s the message to men and women across Leicestershire affected by domestic abuse.
The line, which has received 225 calls since it was launched in April, provides a friendly voice and a listening ear offering advice, information and details on available support services.
It also serves as a contact point for professionals seeking advice and information - and can be contacted by people who recognise they are abusing someone and need help.
Joe Orson, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for safer communities, said: “We want both women and men suffering domestic abuse to know they are not alone – help is out there.
“The helpline is staffed by specially trained workers who understand the difficult step in seeking help. “When they receive a call they listen and then help the caller decide the next steps.” Pamela Richardson, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid Leicestershire Ltd, said: “We want both women and men who are suffering from domestic abuse to know there is someone there to listen and that help and support is available.
“We can offer support and advice and are able to refer callers on to appropriate services who will be able to offer further support if needed.”
In an emergency call the police on 999.
Further information about domestic abuse and support services in Leicestershire is available at: www.leics.gov.uk/domestic_abuse_info.htm
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