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Police target domestic violence
A campaign offering a lifeline to victims of domestic violence has been launched by West Mercia Police.

Home Truths will publicise helpline numbers for anyone who wants to get out of an abusive relationship.

Figures show five out of six murders committed in West Mercia involve a history of domestic violence.

The helpline numbers will appear on bus adverts and in pubs across Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Worcestershire.

'One every minute'

In Telford last year, about 2,000 incidents of domestic violence were reported.

Det Sgt Steve Tonks, based at Malinsgate Police Station in Telford, said: "For many people, it is a daily reality and it is shocking to know that one incident of domestic violence is reported to police every minute (nationally).

"We know that people can feel trapped and our aim is to offer them a vital lifeline. We can provide access to the kind of support that can break the cycle and break the silence."

The campaign will publicise contacts for Shropshire Domestic Violence, Telford's Women's Refuge, Mankind and Respect.

Lin Williams, domestic violence co-ordinator for Telford & Wrekin, said research has shown a woman will experience a domestic violence incident 35 times before going to the police.

She said: "Unfortunately only a third of incidents are reported to police at present, which means there are lots of families out there who are experiencing violence and not telling anyone.

"We hope this new campaign will help raise awareness of domestic violence, that it is a crime and totally unacceptable, and that sufferers will be given the courage to speak out and break the cycle."


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