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West Mercia Women's Aid urge domestic abuse sufferers to speak out
4:02pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
WOMEN and girls across Herefordshire are urged to come forward and seek support if they have experienced domestic abuse.
According to West Mercia Women’s Aid (WMWA), domestic violence is one of the most common hidden crimes and sufferers often tell no one.
However, Kerry Gibson-Yates, the director of operations at WMWA, wants people to speak out.
She said: “Across the UK each year up to 3 million women experience violence and there are many more living with the legacies of abuse from the past. Although this figure is frighteningly high, there are still even more people that are living with the abuse in silence that we don’t know about.
“Domestic abuse can be defined by a range of behaviours, and all of which aren’t necessarily violent. It could be physiological and sexual, right the way through to financial and emotional abuse. Victims of physical abuse are likely to experience repeat attacks, and on average it takes a person to experience 35 assaults before reporting the matter to the police.
“I’d urge anyone currently suffering domestic abuse or who knows someone else who is, to contact us on 0800 783 1359. You do not need to suffer in silence – we can help you to find the services you need.”
For more information visit www.westmerciawomensaid.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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