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.
Children living with domestic abuse can often become invisible and suffer in silence. Described as the ‘forgotten victims’ as in the majority of cases they are involved in some way.
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:
"Christmas is a time for families but sadly some children are exposed to abusive domestic situations.
"It’s important everyone takes responsibility for reporting it if they suspect a child is at risk."
If you are experiencing domestic abuse, contact Dudley’s domestic abuse partnership on 01384 455411 or in an emergency dial 999.