21st Sep, 2020

Hundreds more domestic abuse victims to receive help in West Mercia

Harry Leach 7th Sep, 2020 Updated: 7th Sep, 2020

HUNDREDS more domestic abuse victims will receive help as a result of new dedicated support workers in West Mercia.

To ensure victims and survivors of domestic abuse have the extra support they need to cope and recover, the force’s Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion has sought additional funding from the government for three dedicated domestic abuse practitioners for its Victim Advice Line team, as well as in Victim Support.

It comes in response to an increase in referrals as a result of many victims facing the past few months in lockdown with their abusers.

By introducing these extra roles, it is hoped the support services will be able to deliver much needed one-to-one support to more than 100 victims.

PCC Campion said: “Many victims of domestic abuse will have undoubtedly faced a deeply traumatic experience during lockdown, so when they find the bravery to seek support they need to know it’s there.

“It is vital we’re doing all we can in order for these victims and survivors to cope and recover, and receive the help and advice they so desperately need and deserve.”

Matt Chester, Head of Victim Services for West Mercia Police, said: “Lockdown was undoubtedly a very difficult period for those affected by domestic abuse. I’m delighted that, through this funding, the Victim Advice Line will able to help even more people by providing them with the dedicated help and support they need to cope and recover.”

If you’ve been affected by domestic abuse in Worcestershire, the Victim Advice Line can help.

It is a free and confidential service offering advice, practical help and emotional support to people affected by crime, regardless of whether it has been reported to the police.

Support is available by telephone on 0800 952 3000 or via email and live chat at www.victimadviceline.org.uk.

To report domestic abuse call the police on 101, or 999 in an emergency.

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