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Campaign to help victims of domestic abuse

A week-long campaign to raise awareness of all forms of domestic abuse and encourage victims to report it will be launched next Monday (July 4).

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The Fenland Community Safety Partnership (CSP) will be distributing leaflets in all four market towns and encouraging businesses to display posters.

The Luxe Cinema in Wisbech will also be showing an advert produced by the CSP for two weeks, from July 4-17.

The term domestic abuse is used to cover all kinds of domestic violence - physical, emotional, psychological, financial or sexual.

The campaign leaflet says: "Abuse comes in many forms so don't suffer in silence - speak up and report it to get the support that can change your life."

A key part of the campaign will be to promote the CSP's new Advice Chain website, www.advicechain.co.uk. It is an online directory of local and national organisations that provide support for victims of domestic abuse and other forms of exploitation, including human trafficking.

Councillor David Oliver, the CSP's chairman, said: "It is vital that people not only recognise how widespread domestic abuse is but also that they can spot the signs and have the confidence to report it.

"Essentially, anyone in a relationship who is forced to alter their behaviour because they are frightened is being abused.

"We know that this is a serious issue in Cambridgeshire as a whole. But the number of incidents recorded by the police in Fenland is higher than in the rest of the county. What's more, it is believed to account for at least 24 per cent of violent crime here."

The CSP is also promoting a 30-minute online course that helps people recognise the signs of abuse and explains how to report concerns.

Article added June 27, 2016