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Dec 20, 2018

Don’t suffer in silence this Christmas

Christmas is a difficult time for many families as the pressure cooker of emotions threatens to blow.  

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The stresses and strains of the holiday period can lead to raised voices, family feuds and even domestic violence.

West Yorkshire Police report that domestic abuse often increases during the Christmas and New Year period.

However, many victims are unwilling to speak out and report domestic abuse in the run-up to Christmas – they are often trying to create the ‘perfect day’ for their family.

Bradford-based charities Staying Put and Domestic Violence Services are advising people to be aware that they can call for help if they need it.

Yasmin Khan, director of Staying Put, said: “Christmas is supposed to be a happy, peaceful time but there is a huge amount of pressure, fear and guilt around this time of year.

“People often try to keep a lid on their problems and then things can get out of hand in that period between Christmas and New Year. We want people to know that there is support out there and it’s so important they are aware of this support to assist them to make informed choices and to stay safe.

“Domestic abuse is not acceptable at any time of the year and you do not have to put up with it in order to try and create the ‘perfect day’.

“We would also ask people to be aware of others during this period and look out for anyone who you suspect may be in danger. You might be able to save someone from harm this Christmas – an incredible gift to give.”

Anyone who feels they, or another member of the family, are in immediate danger should call the police on 999.

The Staying Put Freephone helpline is open Monday to Friday, 0808 2800999.

The Staying Put offices will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, but the National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline is open 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247.

For more information on the services provided by Staying Put, go to www.stayingput.uk.net