Statistics show that the number of reported incidents of domestic abuse is on the increase in Norfolk and Suffolk. The figures, which were published by the radio station Heart 96-107, show a rise in the number of reported incidents of abuse over the past five years. Last year alone, 9,612 crimes were recorded by police - an average of 26 every day.
It is estimated that domestic abuse costs Norfolk alone in the region of £60million every year, with a large percentage being borne by public health services. This is just one of the reasons why Leeway is delighted to be supporting the #IWalkedAway campaign. Launched last month, it aims to raise awareness and highlight how people in similar abusive situations have started new lives. Norfolk Police Chief Constable, Simon Bailey, explained:
“Domestic abuse can take many forms and we do not underestimate how difficult it can be for people to speak about being a victim of such violence. Identifying and protecting those people at risk is a priority but it’s equally important they are aware of what constitutes abuse and the help which is available to them.
We’ve invested a lot of energy into raising awareness and understanding about these crimes, building trust in our ability to investigate and prosecute offenders, however I believe these crimes are still significantly underreported. Abuse, be it mental or physical, is totally unacceptable and no victim need suffer in silence at the hands of their tormentors.”
Providing Support to Any Person Experiencing Domestic Abuse
We know that walking away from an abusive relationship can be incredibly difficult and potentially dangerous. As an experienced independent domestic abuse charity we can support those wishing to walk away by working with partner agencies to offer the following support:
If you are experiencing domestic abuse, or know someone who is, Leeway can help. We provide a free and confidential 24-hour support line, offering non-judgemental advice and support to all adults and children – call us on
0300 561 0077.
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