DAily Alliance- 18 June, 2020


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domestic abuse stories

Sharp rise in the number of male domestic abuse victims across the Calendar region
Figures obtained by ITV show there has been a sharp rise in the numbers of men who are reporting domestic abuse across the region. More than 17,000 men in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire reported cases of psychological or physical assault to police last year. Campaigners in Leeds are now calling for a male version of Claire’s law to be introduced to allow men to find out if their partner has a history of domestic violence. In West Yorkshire last year, almost 8,000 men reported being a victim of domestic abuse. In South Yorkshire 2,100 men came forward to report abuse last year. The biggest rise has been in Lincolnshire, where just over 2,000 men reported abuse last year, an increase of 717 per cent in just three years.
-ITV News

Women’s health care items appeal for domestic abuse victims
PEOPLE are being asked to donate women’s health care products to help victims of domestic abuse.
The items such as shampoo, conditioner, razors, sanitary products and deodorant will make up gift packages for women and families that have had to flee their homes due to domestic violence.

-Bicester Advertiser

Tackling domestic abuse is an ‘absolute priority’ for West Midlands Police
Assistant Chief Constable Vanessa Jardine said tackling the issue was a “force priority” as more cases were reported. And she said the force was working extremely hard with other partners to ensure victims receive the right support. Ms Jardine said: “Domestic abuse remains a force mission or us which means it’s an absolutely priority for us to ensure our services are direct and targeted against domestic abuse. “We’ve worked very hard to maintain the confidence of our victims and we’ve worked with our partners in relation to that – and to make sure their safety is our priority.”
-Express & Star

Reports of domestic violence in Wiltshire rocket by 350 during lockdown
OVER 350 more people have contacted police to report domestic abuse during the coronavirus lockdown than in the same period last year. The latest figures supplied by Wiltshire Police show there were 3,084 reports between March 23 and June 8, compared to 2,717 in the same period in 2019 – a rise of 367 (14%). During the same period, the police arrested 753 people for domestic violence offences, compared to 698 last year – a rise of 55, or eight per cent. Detective Superintendent Ben Mant, head of Wiltshire Police’s public protection department, said: “The figures show an expected rise between 2019 and 2020. “Although any rise in these types of reports is never good to see, this can also been seen as a positive as it shows that more and more people are reporting this crime.” 
-Wiltshire Times

Campaign launched to help older women living with domestic abuse
The campain aims to raise awareness and call for greater protection for older women living with domestic abuse.
Speaking online as part of the campaign, Women’s Aid ABCLN’s Ambassador Cllr Noreen McClelland said: “We know that older women are less likely to speak out about domestic abuse. They have fewer opportunities to leave their abusers than younger women, and face a range of additional barriers to access safety and support. “We must dispel the myth that domestic abuse does not affect older women. Older women may have been living with abuse for decades, in silence and invisible or it may start in later years.” 

-Newtown Abbey Times




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