Kelly: Christmas holidays painful time for domestic abuse suffers
The MLA for Upper Bann said:
“We know domestic abuse happens all year round, not just Christmas. However, we know incidents of domestic abuse increases over the festive period. Unfortunately, many of these instances go unreported. This provides a stark reminder of the important need for legislation that directly protects domestic abuse sufferers rather than relying on different pieces of law to cobble up a case.
“It is vital that a clear message goes out to domestic abuse sufferers that they do not have to suffer in silence. I would urge victims to pick up the phone to the police to get help this Christmas or to freephone Women's Aid on 0808 802 1414. Likewise, it is incumbent upon those of us who have concerns about family, friends or neighbours, to contact the PSNI’s 24 hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Helpline on 0808 802 1414.”