Who’s behind the mask?

As the darker, colder nights draw in most people spend more time indoors.

The run up to Christmas can also bring financial strains, and more time spent with family and at social events may lead to increased stress.

For those experiencing domestic abuse these factors can mean more time trapped at home, and an increased risk of abuse occurring.

In England and Wales, there are approximately 2.3 million victims of domestic abuse a year (two-thirds of whom are women).

The actual number of people affected by this often-hidden crime, is likely to be much higher.

As Halloween approaches we are sharing these dramatic images to raise awareness that domestic abuse is happening all around us and it must stop.

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