A radio campaign is urging Lancashire victims of domestic abuse to seek help this Christmas.
The advert, which will receive airplay across the county, hears a young child speaking about how he likes to give his mother flowers at Christmas – but that the only way he can do this is to put them on her grave.
The shocking message, which highlights the potential deadly consequences of domestic abuse, also urges victims not to suffer in silence. The National Domestic Violence helpline is given, but victims are also told to dial 999 in an emergency.
“At this time of year, we traditionally see a rise in domestic violence, as families spend prolonged periods of time together and alcohol flows more freely," says Detective Superintendent Ian Critchley from Lancashire Police’s head of public protection. “We want victims to know that help is available – we will do everything we can to protect you and your family so that you are able to move away from a situation where there is the threat of violence. We will also work towards bringing offenders to justice.”
The advert is supported by the Lancashire Domestic Violence Partnership and are funded by Safer Lancashire, a partnership made up of community safety organisations which aims to make Lancashire an even safer place to live, work and visit.
Domestic violence is any threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between adults who are or have been in a relationship, or between family members. It can affect anybody, regardless of their gender or sexuality.
“Our message to victims is that they don’t need to suffer domestic violence in silence," says Helen Cooper, member of the Lancashire Domestic Violence Partnership. "Across Lancashire, all agencies work together to provide support for victims of domestic violence.”
• If you are suffering from domestic violence or abuse, or know someone who is, you can contact the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247. Always dial 999 in an emergency.
• Safer Lancashire Board website: www.saferlancashire.co.uk
• Listen to the radio campaign
• National Domestic Violence helpline