Police urge abuse victims to come forward

PUBLISHED: 16:00 26 November 2010

View of Weston Police Station, Walliscote Road, WsM.; 14-1-09

View of Weston Police Station, Walliscote Road, WsM.; 14-1-09

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DOMESTIC violence is a 'significantly under-reported crime' say Weston police who are urging victims to come forward and report abuse.

Avon and Somerset Police is supporting Elimination of Violence Against Women Week by raising awareness of this crime and assuring people that they do not have to suffer in silence.

In the force area the police deal with around 20,000 reported incidents of domestic abuse each year – and 80 per cent are female victims.

During this year’s awareness week, police and other agencies are appealing to friends, family and neighbours to report abuse if they suspect it is happening to someone they know.

DI Dave Grimstead said: “Domestic abuse is an issue that we take very seriously.

“We want to use this week as an opportunity to remind people that we can help and we can also signpost victims to a range of support services. It is very hard to tackle domestic abuse on your own but the police, along with a range of other agencies, can help put a stop to it.”

North Somerset domestic abuse charity the Women’s Project was due to place 104 pairs of shoes in Weston’s town centre yesterday (Wed) to symbolise the number of women who die in England and Wales each year as a result of abuse.

To report non-emergency domestic abuse call the police on 0845 456 7000, Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, or if you are a victim of abuse ring freephone 0800 6949 999.

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