by awitherick on 20 February, 2011
Domestic violence and domestic abuse are true hidden killers. Councillor Allan Siao Ming Witherick has been campaigning to raise awareness on these. “When I worked for the Police Authority we knew under reporting was an issue- too often those suffering didn’t come forward. Especially men. We need to change perceptions make people more aware of the issue.”
Liberal Democrat Councillor Chris Oxley, Portfolio Holder for Community Engagement and Support at St Albans City and District Council added: “Most of us are fortunate and live in a loving home environment. Sadly there are family units where there are severe problems often hidden behind closed doors.
“The police and the district council want to help whether the issue is violence, abuse or substance misuse. We encourage anyone who is suffering to seek help. This particularly relates to domestic violence where all too often, the person who is suffering is reluctant to admit the problem and often blame themself. Please do not be backwards at coming forward – we are here to help. We want to help!”
There are various agencies out there who can provide support such as Mankind (who support male victims of abuse) and Broken Rainbow (for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual people experiencing domestic violence) who are there to help the often-hidden victims of domestic violence including male victims, men, women in same sex relationships and disabled people.
It’s acknowledged that these ‘hidden’ victims can find it even more difficult to report abuse, seek help or be believed.
The Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline offers confidential advice, support and information to anyone suffering domestic violence or emotional abuse. The number will not show up on your telephone bill. Just ring: 08 088 088 088 Monday to Friday 10am-10pm.