Published On: Sat, Mar 8th, 2014 on 5:19 pm

141 domestic abuse calls received by West Yorkshire Police in just 24 hours

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The West Yorkshire Police Customer Contact Centre has logged 141 calls related to domestic abuse and violence in the matter of 24 hours.

From 12 noon yesterday, staff were regularly posting messages on Twitter giving a round-up of the amount of calls relating to domestic incidents as part of a national ACPO In Focus: Domestic Abuse week.

The week aimed to raise awareness of the support available to both victims and offenders and to offer multi-agency training in recognising and responding to domestic abuse.

Around 90 calls were taken by staff at the contact centre in the first 12 hours since the ‘tweetathon’ began, and 141 calls were taken by the end of 24 hours.

For those seeking help or advice, whether you are the victim yourself or know someone who is, you can speak to your local Police Safeguarding Unit by calling 101. In an emergency always dial 999.

If you do not want to speak to the police directly, the National Domestic Violence Helpline, which is run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge, is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence and can be contacted 24 hours a day on 08088 024040.

Assistant Chief Constable Geoff Dodd has said: “I would encourage victims to step forward and seek our support and the support of partners as soon as they can.

“No one deserves to suffer abuse at the hands of another; nor should anyone be deprived of a personal sense of security in their own home.”

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