Valentine’s cards to cut domestic violence

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VALENTINE’S Day will see thousands of cards distributed around Nottinghamshire to signpost victims of domestic violence to help and support.

Produced by Nottinghamshire Police, Nottinghamshire Domestic Violence Forum (NDVF), Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership (CDP) and Nottinghamshire County Council, 45,000 information cards will be available to all professionals working with people experiencing domestic violence, including police, health professionals, Probation Service and children and family services workers, as well as domestic and sexual violence support workers.

The cards contain advice and contact details for organisations to turn to if you are being abused by your partner or someone close to you. These cards, based on previous literature produced NDVF, have been refreshed to include the most up-to-date information.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Alexander, from Nottinghamshire Police’s Protective Services, said: “For a decade, these cards have been an invaluable source of information for people who live in Nottinghamshire and are experiencing domestic violence and may be considering seeking help.

“Domestic violence has traditionally been vastly under-reported, but many advances have been made in recent years to ensure the police and professionals are working together to share information and ensure victims receive the support they need.

“There are more than 20 organisations listed on the information card, which people experiencing all types of domestic violence can turn to for help and support. I would reassure anyone in this situation that you do not have to suffer alone. Please tell someone about it and they will get you the help you need.”

To see the card and to find out more about where to get help and information visit www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/domesticviolence, www.ndvf.org.uk or www.respectnotfear.co.uk