Domestic abuse victims urged to seek help

For most families Christmas means fun, presents and time together, but for some, the festive period means blazing rows, sleepless nights and worry because of domestic abuse.

As part of a Christmas safety campaign, safe & sound, Dudley’s community safety partnership is raising awareness of domestic abuse and the impact it can have on children.

For people experiencing domestic abuse, Christmas is a difficult time of year, agencies across the borough continue to work together to make sure support is available when it’s needed.

Children who should be looking forward to a visit from Santa can often become the hidden victims and in the majority of cases they are involved in some way. Councillor Laura Taylor-Childs, cabinet member responsible for community safety, said:

"Christmas should be a really enjoyable time of year but sadly in some families domestic abuse will mean this isn’t the case. Children who are exposed to abusive domestic situations often become the hidden victims.

"It’s everyone’s responsibility to report if they suspect a child is at risk in any way.

If you, or someone you know, are experiencing domestic abuse you can call Dudley’s single point of contact on 01384 455411. If it’s too dangerous to speak press ‘55’ when the call is connected and the operator will know you need help. In an emergency dial 999.

For help and support you can also text the team on 07384 466181 (9am to 9pm weekdays).

People who suspect a child is being harmed, neglected or is living with domestic abuse should call children’s service’s referral and advice service on 0300 555 0050.

To find out more about support available in the borough visit


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