6 February 2015
We have launched the 'Behind Closed Doors' campaign in West Mercia to tackle domestic abuse.
In 2014 there were 4,999 incidents of domestic abuse reported to West Mercia Police - it accounted for 10 per cent of all crime recorded in the region that year.
- 29 per cent of incidents involved repeat victims,
- 3,998 cases involved violence,
- 80 per cent of victims were women, and
- 25-34 year olds were the most suspectible to abuse.
What is domestic abuse?
Abuse can be physical, psychological, sexual, emotional, financial and it can also involve Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Speak up about domestic abuse
Victims are often too afraid to speak and, in many cases, neighbours, friends and even family will suspect that the offence is taking place but are reluctant to get involved.
Now we want to break this cycle by raising awareness of our anonymous reporting phone line 0800 555 111 and Anonymous Online Form.
Jane McCann, Chair of Crimestoppers’ West Mercia Committee, said: “Domestic abuse is a serious crime but it remains largely hidden behind closed doors leaving the victims trapped, powerless and isolated.
“If you know that this is happening to someone you know, we would urge you to report it to us anonymously.”
Follow our campaign on Twitter using the hashtag #behindcloseddoors.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse
Due to our anonymity guarantee, we can't take information from victims of crime.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse in West Mercia, contact Women's Aid:
- for Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Herefordshire call 0800 783 1359
- for Worcestershire call 0800 980 331