Help for victims of domestic abuse this Valentine’s Day
Archived press release
Date Published: 13/02/12
February 14 will be the most romantic date on the calendar for most people but for some it is just another day of living in fear of violence and abuse from a partner or ex-partner.
Tackling domestic abuse is one of the main priorities of the Aylesbury Vale Community Safety Partnership and more cases of violence and abuse are reported after Valentine’s Day.
Domestic abuse consists of any threatening behaviour, violence or abuse, whether physical, sexual, financial or emotional, between current or past intimate partners or family members.
Nationally, two women every week are killed by their current or former partner so the seriousness of these crimes should not be underestimated.
It is not only a problem of men’s violence towards women. Domestic abuse also occurs where women are the perpetrators and it can happen in same sex relationships too. One in six men will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime.
Aylesbury Women’s Aid offers help to women who have experienced or who are currently suffering domestic abuse. They can be contacted on 01296 436827. Other support numbers include: National Domestic Violence Helpline 0800 2000 247 and for children and young people, the NSPCC can provide help and advice by calling: 0800 0855 478.
Male victims of domestic abuse can get help and advice from the Men’s Advice Line on 0808 801 0327. Anyone in immediate danger should always call the police on 999.