Posters target rural domestic violence

Director of Independent Domestic Abuse Services, Sarah Hill (s)
Director of Independent Domestic Abuse Services, Sarah Hill (s)

A HARD-HITTING new domestic violence campaign has been launched across rural North Yorkshire, following a major rise in the number of incidents reported earlier this year.

The Hambleton and Richmondshire Community Safety Partnership campaign has been launched in the run up to Christmas, with posters bearing the words “On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love sent to me”, “Silent Night” and “Ding Dong” distributed across the two districts.

The posters are also urging residents not to be “on the receiving end” of domestic abuse, this Christmas and making victims aware that expert help is available.

Partnership domestic abuse coordinator Wendy Hardy, said: “With many people struggling financially this year, tension is already building.

“Then, as people spend more time together, the pressure becomes too much and can be the flash point for abuse.

“ But domestic abuse is never acceptable and there is help out there if you need it.”

It was revealed earlier this year that the number of reported incidents in Hambleton and Richmondshire had overshot predicted levels by more than a third.

Figures include a growing number of frustrated ex-servicemen unable to find employment which helped fuel the rise.

The dramatic rise in expected cases has in part been hailed as a success by outreach workers, with victims historically reluctant to come forward due to the tight-knit nature of rural communities across both Hambleton and Richmondshire.

Sarah Hill, director of Independent Domestic Abuse Services in Hambleton and Richmondshire, said: “Christmas is meant to be a happy time for families but for many living in our districts it will be a time of fear and misery.

“I would urge anyone who is living with abuse to get the help they need and deserve.

“Call us if you need support, emergency accommodation or free, confidential advice on 01904 646630 or 01609 749123.”