DON’T suffer in silence – speak out about domestic abuse with the help of Safer Solihull.
Every month across the Solihull borough 165 incidents of domestic abuse are reported.
Safer Solihull’s Domestic Violence Unit run by Solihull Council works with the police, health services, Solihull Community Housing, and other agencies, to offer support to domestic abuse victims.
This includes the Sanctuary Scheme, offering victims a range of security devices for their home, including locks, police call buttons, outward opening doors, and even a safe room.
To mark National Domestic Abuse Week (November 23 – 27) one victim helped by Safer Solihull is speaking out to encourage more people to get help.
It took her three years to break free from her abusive partner: “I didn’t want to go to the police and I didn’t know who else to turn to,” she said.
“It was also the embarrassment – I didn’t want anyone to know what was going on. It sounds silly, but I loved him too much to walk away. He would apologise, promise to change, and I believed him every time.”
He hit me with various things, threw things at me, set fire to my clothes, and pushed me down the stairs.”
When she was brutally attacked with a hammer a neighbour heard her cries, and rushed her to hospital. That was the last time she suffered at the hands of her partner.
The police referred her case to a special case worker who co-ordinates services to keep victims safe. She helped this victim through the court proceedings, and secured her house with new locks and a panic alarm while organising for her to move to a new home.
Councillor Mrs Diana Holl-Allen, cabinet member for safer communities, said: “It’s vital that we raise awareness of domestic violence – not just to encourage the victims themselves to come forward, but also to encourage relatives, friends, and colleagues, to seek help on their behalf.”
If you, or someone you know, is experiencing domestic abuse, we urge you to contact a support service for advice about what to do.
Call Victim Support on 0121 745 7400, or the Victim Support Male Helpline on 0800 328 3623.