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Campaign aiming to raise awareness of violence and binge drinking levels

BINGE drinking and violent behaviour are the targets of a new campaign which will run in Solihull this Christmas.

BINGE drinking and violent behaviour are the targets of a new campaign which will run in Solihull this Christmas.

To make sure that people feel safe over the festive season, a care-point will be set up in Solihull town centre. Staffed by police and paramedics, it will be based outside John Lewis on what are expected to be the busiest nights - December 19, 20, 24 and 31.

Revellers will be able to visit the care point for help, advice or to receive treatment for minor injuries. Authorities are urging people to be sensible over the festive season and also raise awareness about domestic violence - which escalates at this time of year.

To help drive the message home, posters are going to be displayed in changing rooms, toilets and on local buses. Charlotte Ford, Solihull Council’s domestic violence co-ordinator, is hopeful that the campaign will make a difference.

“Domestic violence tends to rise at this time of year, which is why it’s important we open people’s eyes. We hope that the campaign will encourage more people to call the support services and take notice of the problems which increase at this time of year.”

The effort to curb problems over the coming weeks has been supported by the council, Solihull Women’s Aid, West Midlands Police, Victim Support Birmingham and Make a Better Life.

Coun Diana Holl-Allen, cabinet member for quality of life and neighbourhoods, said: “Christmas is something that most of us can enjoy, but for some people it can be a very tough time.

“Recent events have shown the tragic consequence of violence when children are involved, but it’s not just youngsters who need help and support. There are many other vulnerable people who will suffer this Christmas.”

 

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