Domestic abuse plea: Don’t suffer in silence

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A NEW campaign has been launched across the county to coincide with Domestic Abuse Awareness Week.

Finishing on Sunday, the week aims to highlight the issue and raise awareness of domestic abuse.

The new campaign is designed to encourage more victims to come forward and seek help to end the abuse they may be suffering.

On Friday, volunteers will be packing bags at the Sainsbury’s store in Apsley to champion the cause and help raise money for the Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline.

Programme manager for domestic abuse in the county community safety unit Sarah Taylor said: “We’re reaching out to these ‘hidden victims’ as we know that they feel they’re unable to come forward and access the support and services that are available to help them.

“The main message to victims is that you’re not alone, nor to blame for the abuse you’re suffering.

“There are lots of ways you can get help and support, and this doesn’t have to involve the police.

“We want to bring victims from out of the darkness and empower them to take the initial steps to take back control of their lives.”

Victims of domestic abuse are being urged to call the Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline on 08088 088088 and visit www.hertssunflower.org