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Leicestershire stands up to domestic violence

How to reach out if you have safety concerns

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Awareness of how to report domestic abuse is being highlighted this month, as part of an annual campaign that asks people to stand up to violence.

Leicestershire residents are being encouraged to reach out if they’re worried about their own or someone else’s safety.

The coronavirus pandemic has amplified the domestic abuse crisis in the UK and the impact of two lockdowns has seen a surge in victims seeking refuge.

Since the beginning of the year, reported levels of violence experienced by victims across Leicestershire have increased by 63 per cent, totalling 5,278 cases so far this year.

Early reports indicate that these figures are just the tip of the iceberg, with many incidents likely to have gone unreported.

Now more than ever, it’s essential that we stand together to raise awareness of the living nightmare faced by those vulnerable to domestic abuse and let anyone suffering know that immediate help and support is available.

Wednesday, 25 November marks White Ribbon Day and the beginning of ‘16 Days of Action’, an international period of activism which highlights the connection between human rights and domestic violence.

Leicestershire County Council will be sharing information, advice, and guidance across their social media channels throughout the 16 days and County Hall will be lit up orange, to show the council’s commitment to eradicating domestic abuse.

If you live in the city of Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland and you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse or sexual violence, you can get access to support here, or by calling 0808 802 0028. Always contact the police in an emergency.

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