Friends and family can be a “lifeline to support” for victims of domestic abuse, says Powys Citizens Advice.
Powys Citizens Advice is highlighting that as many as 1 in 3 people in Powys may know someone who is suffering from domestic abuse, but that many will not know how best to help.
On the back of new research from the national charity Citizens Advice, Powys Citizens Advice is raising awareness of specialist helplines people can call if they suspect someone they know may be in an abusive relationship.
Whilst friends and family in Powys can play a key role encouraging victims to seek specialist help, Powys Citizens Advice says they currently face difficulties in helping victims this way.
Muriel Ryan, County Manager at Powys Citizens Advice said:
“Family and friends can be a lifeline to support for victims of domestic abuse in Powys. Those suffering from domestic abuse may feel unable to reach out for help themselves, so people who want to support them need to know the steps they can take and where they can get specialist help.
“We are joining the national Talk About Abuse campaign so we can help ordinary people know how to recognise abuse, talk about it safely, enable victims to make the right decisions for themselves. If you are experiencing domestic violence or abuse, or you are concerned someone you know might be in an abusive relationship, you can seek help by calling confidential freephone helplines. You can also get help and support from Powys Citizens Advice.”
The helplines people can call are:
- If the victim is a woman, you can get help from the freephone, twenty-four hour National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 (run in partnership by Refuge and Women’s Aid)
- If the victim is a man, you can get help from the Men’s Advice Line on 0808 801 0327
- If the victim is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, you can get specialised help from Broken Rainbow on 0300 999 5428
- If you live in Wales you can call the bilingual Live Fear Free national helpline on 0808 80 10 800
For more information contact: Powys Citizens Advice County Office
Tel: 0345 601 8421 Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 9am to 3pm
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