The twelve days of Christmas

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, safe & sound,Dudley’s community safety partnership re-launch their ‘twelve days of Christmas campaign’ to highlight that children are often the hidden victims of domestic abuse because in nine out of ten cases they are involved in some way.

Children living with domestic abuse can often become invisible and suffer in silence. Children are often described as the forgotten victims of domestic abuse. National statistics show 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 the police domestic abuse unit on 0121 626 8078, the national domestic abuse helpline on 08082 000247 for help or in an emergency dial 999.

Councillor Tim Wright, cabinet member responsible for community safety, said:

“This campaign is a stark 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 someone is at risk.  Domestic abuse is a crime, one which won’t be tolerated inDudley.”

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