For most children Christmas means fun, presents and Santa, but for some, the festive period means blazing rows, sleepless nights and worry because of domestic abuse.
This month, as part of their Christmas safety tips campaign, safe & sound, Dudley’s community safety partnership is highlighting that children are often the hidden victims of domestic abuse.
Described as the ‘forgotten victims’ even though national statistics show that one in five children are exposed to domestic abuse.
People who suspect a child is being harmed or neglected or is living with domestic abuse should call children’s service’s referral and advice service on 0300 555 0050.
Councillor Laura Taylor, cabinet member responsible for community safety, said:
“It’s a sad fact that children are undoubtedly the hidden victims of domestic abuse.
“The fact that one in five are exposed in some way to any abusive situation is startling.
“It’s important that everyone takes responsibility for reporting it if they suspect a child is at risk.”
If you are experiencing domestic abuse, contact Dudley’s domestic violence and abuse support service on 01384 455411 or in an emergency dial 999.