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North East Hampshire Domestic Abuse Forum encouraging people to report incidents
A DOMESTIC abuse group is urging victims not to suffer in silence.
The North East Hampshire Domestic Abuse Forum is encouraging people to report incidents and seek help.
Karen Evans, chairperson of the forum, said: “We want all people who are suffering at another person’s hand, to come forward – whoever they are. Domestic abuse is a significant issue in many relationships and women, men and children can be involved.
“Abuse is not about physical strength – it crosses all boundaries of physical size and appearance. The power of one person over another does not come from physical strength but from manipulative, controlling behaviour, which includes emotional, financial and sexual abuse as well as physical abuse.”
The forum is appealing in particular to groups of people in communities who traditionally are reluctant to report domestic abuse.
This includes members of the black and minority ethnic communities, those who are in same sex relationships, male victims and those with disabilities or additional health needs.
Mrs Evans added: “There are lots of local and national support services available, so people are encouraged to make contact with these charities or with the police to discuss their situation and seek help.”
Members of the Safer North Hampshire community safety team, Rushmoor and Hart councils and Hampshire Constabulary, are working together to encourage people to report domestic abuse.
Abuse can be reported to Hampshire Constab-ulary on 101 or 999 in an emergency.
Any of the following organisations can be contacted for help and advice: Safer North Hampshire, safernh.co.uk; 24-hour helpline: 0800 200 0247; Mankind (for male victims): 01823 334244; Male Advice line: 0808 801 0327; Broken Rainbow (LGBT): 0845 2604460.
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