Don't suffer in silence
A new radio advertising campaign, backed by St.Helens Council,
dramatically underlines the emotional, seasonal impact of domestic
It features a young boy writing a letter to his dead mother -
killed during an attack by his father.
The poignant message aims to reinforce the far-reaching effects
of domestic violence - often thrown into sharp focus at this time
Listen to the campaign at
Cabinet Member for Family Intervention and Safer Communities,
Councillor Sue Murphy said: "The Safer Communities Partnership is
encouraging victims of domestic violence to come forward over the
"It's a time when victims are often reluctant to do so, but this
radio campaign shows the effect it can have on the family and
children, and hopefully encourages female victims to report the
Detective Inspector Lee Stinchcombe said: "Clearly domestic
violence and abuse has a massive impact on the whole family, not
just the victim and perpetrator. Children are left particularly
vulnerable and this can have a significant impact on their future
life chances, behaviour and wellbeing. I would appeal for all
victims to come forward and report these matters."
Sharon MacKenzie, Service Manager for Vulnerable People at
Helena Extra, said: "We know Christmas can be a difficult time and
urge anyone affected by domestic violence to seek support.
"The Helena Extra Domestic Violence Helpline is open 24 hours a
day and we can provide advice to victims of domestic violence, or
those who fear a friend or relative may be affected, regardless of
whether they are a Helena tenant or not.
"If a situation becomes life threatening, please don't hesitate
to call 999."
The campaign also features posters - which will be distributed
to doctors' surgeries and other locations, and will also culminate
with an art exhibition at Mash Art Café, Haydock Street, St.Helens,
from 19 January to 30 February. The exhibition will feature the
artwork of graphic design students from the University of
Bolton, who contacted the Council, offering their free design
services as part of their coursework.
Across the UK at least 750,000 children a year witness domestic
violence in their own homes.
Need help? Call Helena Extra's 24 Hour Domestic Violence
Helpline on 01925 220541.
For help or advice contact the Independent Domestic Violence
Advocate on 01744 743 200