Members of the Crimestoppers Leicestershire and Rutland volunteer committee were at Loughborough Market on Saturday 23 November 2013 to raise awareness about the different types of domestic abuse [25 November 2013].

The event highlighted a common misconception that domestic violence only affects women with men seen to be the offenders.

Despite one in four women and one in six men being victims of domestic abuse at some point in their lives, the number of incidents reported to the police are very small. Not only do the victims not want to speak out, other people are sometimes reluctant to get involved, even if they suspect there is a problem.

Social media will be used to raise awareness of Crimestoppers and encourage members of the public to give information anonymously on the 0800 555 111 number, or via the Anonymous Online Form.

Crimestoppers Vice Chair for the East Midlands committee, Sue Witts said: “We want to encourage people to give information on all crime and through Crimestoppers. This is done completely anonymously without having to give a statement or got to court.

"Everyone should be aware that domestic abuse affects all sectors of society and is no respecter of age, sexuality or ethnicity. By raising awareness we hope to help the victims of this crime by addressing this important issue.”

If you suspect a family member or a friend is living with domestic violence call 0800 555 111 or give information online.

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For more information please contact Crimestoppers PR & Media Officer Giselle Lares on 0208 835 3737 or email giselle.lares@crimestoppers-uk.org.

Notes to Editors:

  • Crimestoppers is an independent charity which helps the police to solve crimes, making communities safer. It does this by operating the 24/7 telephone number 0800 555 111 which people can ring to pass on information about crimes anonymously. They can also use our Anonymous Online Form.
  • Around 20 people are arrested and charged every day as a result of information given to Crimestoppers.
  • Since Crimestoppers began in 1988, it has received over a million actionable calls, resulting in over 126,000 arrests and charges. Over £126 million worth of goods has been recovered and over £301 million worth of drugs has been seized.
  • In 2005, Crimestoppers launched the UK’s Most Wanted on its website which allows the public to view images of criminals and pass on vital information about their whereabouts. It has been highly successful with over 2,500 arrests to date.
  • Crimestoppers UK was founded by Lord Ashcroft, KCMG, Chairman of Trustees. In 1988, he launched Crimestoppers in the Metropolitan Police area. Crimestoppers’ ‘call to action’ is built on a three-way partnership between the business community, the police and the media.