As one year ends and a new one begins, many of us will be starting the New Year with some trepidation for a variety of reasons.
For some it will be the uncertainty about their jobs; for older people reliant on their savings it may be the worry about low interest rates; for some people the worries could be very personal.
It probably won’t surprise you that the number of incidents of domestic abuse is at its highest at this time of year.
Whether it’s the extra time that couples spend together over the holiday period, or the pressure when many family members are thrown together, for a significant number of couples this is the last straw.
Domestic abuse can come in many forms, not just physical violence. It can be emotional abuse or even financial abuse, which of course may become more prevalent given the current economic pressures so many families are suffering.
Domestic abuse can also happen to anyone of any age, of any social background – women and men alike, however the prevalence is much higher in women. For so many there must be that feeling ‘it cannot happen to someone like me’. Well, domestic abuse can happen to anyone.
There are excellent facilities within the borough of Solihull, both of which I have been heavily involved in setting up.
At the point of no return, we do have a Women’s Refuge. However, it is far better that the situation is addressed before this stage.
‘Make a Better Life’ or MABL is a charity serving the borough that aims to help people through the trauma of domestic abuse.
Of course, we always hope our friends and family never need such a service, but why not keep MABL’s helpline number to hand, just in case – 0800 032 6317.
You can also find out more at www.mabltrust.org.uk.