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Domestic abuse reports from Northumbria Police area surge during lockdown

Anonymous domestic abuse reports to Crimestoppers from the Northumbria Police force area have almost doubled in a year, a report has revealed.

More worrying still is the fact the shocking 113% rise is considered by the charity behind the report to be “just the tip of the iceberg”.

It was last year when the pandemic began and lockdown was imposed for the first time that Crimestoppers in the North East launched a campaign encouraging people who knew or suspected domestic abuse to pass on their concerns to them anonymously.

As a result of the response, it has renewed its plea for the public to help save lives across the county.

Ruth McNee, North East Regional Manager at the charity Crimestoppers, said: “Every day we hear distressing and poignant stories from people who are doing an amazing thing and telling us anonymously when they think domestic abuse is happening.

“We all need to realise that victims may be too scared and traumatised to seek help.

“We know that a victim typically endures up to 35 assaults before having the strength to speak up, and that can be for many different reasons; fear of losing their children; fear of losing their home; fear of not being believed; even thoughts that they are somehow to blame.

“The amazing people of the North East have already done so much – so many people have bravely reported their concerns to us in the past year, I’m sure as we continue to spread the message that we can help save even more lives.”

Domestic abuse can be physical, psychological, emotional, sexual or financial. Any adult can be a perpetrator, with one in four re-offending.

It affects one in four women and one in six men during their lifetime. Statistics also reveal that one in five children witness domestic abuse, which can have a devastating impact on their lives and ability to reach their full potential.

Previous domestic abuse lockdown campaigns and appeals last year saw numerous victims safeguarded and action taken against perpetrators as a result of anonymous information the charity received and passed on.

To report domestic abuse 100% anonymously, visit the charity’s website Crimestoppers-uk.org and fill in a simple and secure anonymous online form or call their 24/7 UK Contact Centre on freephone 0800 555 111, 365 days of the year. In an emergency, always call 999.

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