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Dear Watch Member,

It's Domestic Abuse Awareness Week (November 21st to 27th) and victims across Hertfordshire are being encouraged to come forward and seek help.

The ‘Bringing victims out of the darkness' campaign is aiming to highlight the support and services available to victims to help end the abuse they may be suffering.

Domestic Abuse can affect 1 in 6 men and 1 in 4 women. It can involve a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviour and can include verbal, physical, emotional, financial or sexual abuse.

If you are affected or concerned by domestic abuse, you should call the Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline on 08 088 088 088 (Monday to Friday 10am to 10pm) and visit http://www.hertssunflower.org/ for tailored information, advice and support. If there is immediate danger, always dial 999.  Both the website and helpline will also be able to direct victims to a number of specialist organisations, who are experienced in working with victims from a range of backgrounds, for help and advice. The helpline is free to call from landlines and will not show up on any telephone bill.  If there is an immediate danger, always dial 999.

Co-ordinated by the County Community Safety Unit (the joint unit between Hertfordshire Constabulary, Hertfordshire County Council and Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service), the campaign is specifically targeting communities where the reporting of domestic abuse is particularly uncommon because of increased difficulties, perceived heightened risk or sensitivities.  This includes those in Black and Minority Ethnic communities, who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, the Gypsy/Travelling community or men.

During the week, police officers and staff, council workers, and health representatives will be highlighting the many specialist services to victims at events across the county.

To find out your local event, please click on the link below:

http://www.herts.police.uk/hertfordshire_constabulary/latest_news/news_articles/211111_-_1233.aspx

Almost 30 faith leaders from across Hertfordshire from all backgrounds have also pledged to talk about domestic abuse in their communities and will encourage people to get help.

A number of short videos are also on YouTube, where victims from different backgrounds will be sharing their stories and encouraging others to come forward to get help. To view these videos, please click here www.youtube.com/hertspolice.

If you need to reply by email click on my address here: cmmail (at) herts.pnn.police.uk.

Regards,
Community Messaging
Hertfordshire Constabulary
Neighbourhood Watch
Email: cmmail (at) herts.pnn.police.uk
 

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Re: Bringing victims out of the darkness for Domestic Abuse Awareness Week
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2011, 08:05:15 pm »
Good shout, seriously needs to be more strongly addressed by the media etc.

However, I always have the last words in our house ........"Yes dear"
 

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Re: Bringing victims out of the darkness for Domestic Abuse Awareness Week
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2011, 08:26:35 pm »
However, I always have the last words in our house ........"Yes dear"

Totally...

As my grandfather said to me when I asked him, on his 60th wedding anniversary, "what's the secret then grandpa?  What have you been doing right that many get wrong?"

He replied, "Never go to bed on an arguement and even if you are totally utterly 100% sure the reason for the arguement was their fault, it was your fault, apologise and tell them you love them"...

Aidan
 

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