01:50PM, Tuesday 22 November 2016
Thames Valley Police has revealed it receives a report of domestic abuse every 11 minutes as it launches its #SafeAtHome campaign.
The campaign aims to highlight the help available for victims, and outline the action families and friends can take if they believe someone may be a victim of domestic abuse.
The work of the force’s domestic abuse team featured on the BBC documentary ‘Behind Closed Doors’ earlier this year. It gave programme-makers access to its work with the victims of domestic abuse over the period of a year.
Domestic abuse can be physical, emotional, financial or mental abuse by one person over another with whom there is, or has been, a relationship.
Statistics show there has been a nine per cent rise in recorded domestic abuse in the Thames Valley in the last year.
It affects one in five children nationally. Of the 303 partner or ex-partner domestic homicides over the three years to March 2015, 60 victims were men and 243 were women.
Thames Valley Police has specially trained officers who support victims and families throughout a case.
Call 101 to report domestic abuse, or 999 if it is an emergency.
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