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Victims of domestic abuse in Lincolnshire urged to speak out in 2013

By LincsCC  |  Posted: January 09, 2013

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People living in fear of domestic abuse are being urged to make 2013 the year to break free

With incidents of abuse traditionally increasing at this time of year, and with an average of ten people killed each month by a violent partner, victims and eyewitnesses are being encouraged to make a potentially life-saving new year resolution: to report abuse and get help.

Karen Shooter from Lincolnshire County Council says:

"For many of us, the new year comes with hopes of exciting times ahead. But for those in violent homes, the promise of a fresh start can seem impossible. It's not. We will help and support anyone to escape domestic abuse - making sure that 2013 is a year to celebrate, not fear."

More than 9,000 incidents of domestic abuse were reported to the police in Lincolnshire between April 2011 and March 2012. But it's estimated that 75 per cent of cases go unreported. Mrs Shooter says:

"We understand that the biggest hurdles victims face in coming forward are fear and doubt that they'll get the support they need. So, if you feel you're being abused, the most important thing for you to know is that you will be taken seriously and helped. You just need to get in touch."

There are many different types of abusive behaviour and not all are violent. Last year, the government updated its official definition to recognise this and include controlling behaviour and emotional abuse. Visit www.domesticabuselincolnshire.com for full information about the signs.

Services exist across Lincolnshire to support victims of domestic abuse and help them move on safely and securely to a new life. If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Domestic Abuse helpline on 0808 2000 247 or visit www.domesticabuselincolnshire.com for more information and local support. In an emergency, call 999.

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  • InsideStory  |  January 10 2013, 6:59PM

    I would also add you can not and must not class all cases as the same and one size does not and never as fitted all.There is no such thing as a text book case and no amount of university teaching does not make an expert .

  • InsideStory  |  January 10 2013, 6:47PM

    People suffering from any kind of abuse are not going to report abuse if they think they will be taken away from family and friends for a long stretch of time and knowing their children will have to change schools reducing the childrens educational expectations lower than it would be if placed nearer to where they originally lived. .Further more the attitude of some council employees when people get in contact with the council is disgusting to say trhe least and have no idea what pain and anguish these poor people have and are going through in the process as they have may never have been through anything like this in their own lives.Being with close family and friends help the healing process faster than being with total strangers. I do have first hand experience of this kind of thing due to my own childhood and what i am now going through with a relative at this moment in time.The whole process needs speeding up in order for the victims to get back in a home of their own in order for the healing process to even begin .Children are also the victims of their parents abuse and should be back in the same school with their own friends and not have to make new friends who they can not confide in.

  • LincsCC  |  January 10 2013, 2:36PM

    The safety of the victim and children is the main priority and unfortunately some people do need to move away because of domestic abuse. Very often it isn't possible to stay in the same area, to avoid contact with abusers or their friends/family. Some people have to move far away for their own safety and this can be hard, but refuges have dedicated and skilled staff who can make things easier. Ultimately it would be better if people didn't have to leave at all, and the district councils in Lincolnshire operate a scheme providing extra security to properties where there is a risk of serious harm to the victim and their family, so they can stay at home close to their support network. After all, why should the victim be the one to move? Lincolnshire Police also play an important role in keeping victims safe at home, and they have invested heavily in specialist domestic abuse officers, training, and awareness campaigns. The important thing is for people to report abuse as early as they can so they can get the support they need and deserve. If any survivors have had good or bad experiences with agencies in the county please complete our online feedback form so that positive changes can be made. Go to http://tinyurl.com/adgzoyy and click on 'Have Your say'.

  • InsideStory  |  January 09 2013, 6:21PM

    People who live with abuse and violence should for their own health and that of their children make the move But where do they move because as we found out there is not enough places for those that need shelter or refuges as it is.The person i know had to go 60 miles away from her home,family and friends with her children because there was nowhere nearer and is still there to this day in very alien surroundings and in a very distraught state . As well as that the local councils move very slow with finding accommodation so that the reduced family can rebuild their lives after such trauma. If the victims family decide to remove the victims from their home for their safety unless police are involved the local Councils will do nothing to help as they are seen to have made them homeless and therefore no longer the responsibility of the council at least that is what we where told by North Steven Council . I wish anyone in such a situation the very best of luck for the future my heart goes out to those in such a traumatic situation.

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