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Children hidden victims of domestic abuse

Domestic abuse

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

This month, as part of their Christmas safety tips campaign, safe & sound, Dudley’s community safety partnership is highlighting that children are often the hidden victims of domestic abuse.

In nine out of ten cases they are involved in some way, but children living with domestic abuse can often become invisible and suffer in silence.

They are often described as the ‘forgotten victims’ of domestic abuse even though national statistics show that children are in the same or the next room in 90 per cent of incidents.

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

Councillor Gaye Partridge, cabinet member responsible for community safety, said:

“This campaign is a sad reminder that Christmas isn’t always a joyful time.

“Children are undoubtedly the hidden victims of domestic abuse and it’s important that everyone takes responsibility for reporting it if they suspect a child is at risk.”

If you are experiencing domestic abuse, contact Dudley’s domestic violence and abuse support service on 01384 455411 or in an emergency dial 999.

 

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To find out more: pressoffice@dudley.gov.uk