ASHFIELD and Mansfield residents are being urged to ring a Nottinghamshire County Council hotline if they are aware of friend, neighbour or family member who is experiencing domestic violence this Christmas time.
Over the last three years there was an average 13 percent rise in reported incidents of domestic violence in the Mansfield area and an average 20 percent rise in Ashfield during December and January as compared to previous months.
Incidents of domestic abuse tend to increase during the festive period with the increased financial pressures and spending longer periods of time with an abusive partner thought to create greater anxiety and stress.
The County Council supports the 24 hour Domestic Violence Helpline for women to ring if they need support or advice about domestic violence.
This year the Council is also working with the Crimestoppers Campaign to fund posters, leaflets and beer mats which are being distributed throughout the county to encourage people to report incidents of domestic violence anonymously by contacting the Crimestoppers hotline.
Councillor Mick Murphy, Cabinet Member for Community Safety said: “Unfortunately, Christmas can be a time that families dread if they have a violent or abusive family member as they are together for an extended period.
“Many families suffer in silence so if you know anyone who is a victim we urge you to let Crimestoppers know to help bring the violence and distress to an end.”
The County Council will be providing £912,626 of funding to support domestic violence support work in the county during 2012/13.
On average one in four women and one in six men will experience domestic abuse at some stage throughout their lives.
The 24 hour Domestic Violence Helpline is 0808 800 0340 and the Crimestoppers hotline number is 0800 555 111.