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Changing rooms approach to abuse

Domestic abuse posters
The two posters will appear in shop changing rooms from 28 December

Posters are being put up in shop changing rooms in Scotland to encourage women to seek help over domestic abuse.

The strategy is part of this year's government campaign to tackle the issue and is targeted at women while they are in a "safe place" away from the abuser.

Two different posters will appear in 27 Dorothy Perkins stores and 19 TK Maxx stores from 28 December.

There were 53,681 incidents of domestic abuse recorded in Scotland in 2008/09 - an 8% rise on the previous year.

'Strong message'

The poster campaign was launched by Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Tuesday.

She said: "It's important that women who are being abused by a partner behind closed doors know they are not to blame, they are not alone and help is available.

"This is particularly important as we enter the holiday period and a time when this type of behaviour typically and sadly increases.

"This campaign is another vital part of sending out a strong message that no-one needs to live in fear of being harmed by their partner."

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