Kick It Out: Words of encouragement for victims

This week on Signal 107, we've been discussing domestic violence around sporting events. We've heard from victims as well as places that offer refuge.

Now, with the World Cup underway and England's first game in just 24 hours, what advice is there for those living in fear of what might happen?

Claire is a survivor of domestic violence who turned to West Mercia Women's Aid for help: "They were brilliant, they put me on courses, self-esteem courses, parenting, and they've really, really helped. Meeting other women who've gone through the same thing that I have makes you realise you're not on your own."

"Pick up the phone and ring the helpline. Even if there's nothing happening just now, even if you're not sure if it will happen, you will get advice, you will get information," say Jan Francis from West Mercia Women's Aid.

The Haven in Wolverhampton offers similar services and encourages anyone with concerns to get in touch to their 24 hour helpline.

It's not just victims who can get in touch though. Anyone with any concerns is told to give the police a call - as DCI Damian Pettit from West Mercia Police explains:

"People who have concerns about their immediate neighbours or people in their community who want to share their concerns with us can do that anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or in a case of emergency through the 999 number."

If you do any concerns or are a victim of abuse head to our useful links page for help and advice.

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