Tackling Domestic abuse in Warwickshire

A new domestic violence service is being launched today in Warwickshire to give better support to victims in the county. 

The new services, which will be available from April, will provide accomodation and support to anyone who who has experienced domestic abuse. 

From now on there'll be only one contact number so that the process becomes easier and there will also be 18 refuge points across Warwickshire for people to report to.

Around 8000 incidents of domestic abuse are reported to Warwickshire police every year and it's thought this will be able to support with these cases as well as offer information and advice to anyone affected by abuse whether or not they choose to report it. 

It's being provided by the national charity Refuge. 

Sandra Horley, CBE, Cheif executive of Refuge said: ''Refuge currently provides a refuge service in some areas of the county so we are very pleased to be able to expand our service and deliver a county wide service from April. These services are a lifeline for women and children escaping domestic abuse. 

Domnestic abuse affects 1 in 4 women. Anyone seeking information and support about domestic abuse can still access the Warwickshire Against Domestic Abuse Talk 2 someone free helpline on 0800 4081552. 

There is also a website - www.talktosomeone.org.uk - which offers information and support for victims, families, friends, and neighbours as well as perpetrators who may be looking to turn things around. 

It's being provided by the national charity Refuge who also have a National helpline:  0808 2000 247.