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Help on hand for women in north Worcestershire
2:30pm Saturday 31st August 2013 in News
A WORCESTERSHIRE charity which supports victims and survivors of domestic abuse, is reminding residents of its 24 hour helpline, after recent research showed a third of women didn’t know where to seek support.
The West Mercia Women’s Aid charity, which supports women in Redditch, Bromsgrove and Droitwich, conducted its own research into the use of its phone line.
It currently receives 7,000 calls a year from women who have been affected by domestic abuse and other forms of violence and ill-treatment.
Kerry Gibson-Yates, director of operations at West Mercia Women’s Aid, said: “Despite a number of high profile national campaigns, many women, particularly teenage girls, do not know where to turn for help if they are being abused by their partner. Research suggests more people are reporting cases of domestic abuse, but there is still a lack of knowledge about the options available to these individuals.
“The WMWA helpline, which is completely free from landlines, provides much-needed support, advice and on-going referrals around the clock. Domestic violence doesn’t happen neatly between 9am and 5pm, and it is essential that women can access help at any time of day. 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 westmerciawomensaid.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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