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Agencies across Norfolk continue vital work to help victims of domestic abuse

Partners across Norfolk are joining forces to continue to reinforce the message that victims of domestic abuse should not feel alone during the current pandemic.

A range of social media materials have also been designed, tying in with the ‘See Something, Hear Something, Say Something’ initiative, led by Norfolk County Council and the Norfolk Safeguarding Children Partnership, which was launched last month to encourage everyone to work together to help the vulnerable.

The posters carry the wording “If you see or hear anything that makes you feel worried, such as aggressive shouting, hitting, crying, things breaking or are concerned someone appears frightened and on edge – let us know.”

The aim is to urge families, neighbours and friends to speak out if they fear someone is subject to domestic abuse, while encouraging the victim to seek help too.

Members of the Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Board (DASVB)*, made up of agencies including Norfolk Constabulary, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk (OPCCN) and Norfolk County Council (NCC) have re-launched a series of posters aimed at highlighting the issue.

Gavin Thompson, Director of Policy, Commissioning and Communications at the OPCCN and chair of the DASVB, said: “It is vital we continue to work together to spread the message that domestic abuse is not acceptable in Norfolk and those who have or continue to be affected by this crime get the support they need to seek help.

“It is also incumbent on us all play our part in helping those who may feel even more isolated and unable to speak out in the current situation.

“If you See Something or Hear Something then please Say Something so we can help protect those most at risk of harm and ensure they know they are not alone.”

The launch of the posters come only a week after the DASVB funded a series of radio advertisements across the county pushing home the same message – Norfolk Says #NoToDomesticAbuse.

Click here to download the posters from the NCC website.

How to get help
If you need to speak to someone about domestic abuse then please call 999 in an emergency or to make a report to police, call 101.

If you can’t speak or make a sound, Silent Solution allows you to call 999 followed by pressing 55 when promoted and it will be transferred to police who will know it’s an emergency call.

Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care offer a 24hr support line for immediate emotional and practical support for all victims of crime. Call 0300 303 3706.

The *Norfolk DASVB supports the delivery of Norfolk County Community Safety Partnership (NCCSP) objectives. The NCCSP is made up of local authorities, police and housing providers with others, who are committed to working in partnership with victims and communities to tackle the key crime and disorder issues for Norfolk, ensuring that our county remains as one of the safest parts of the country.