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79 cases of domestic violence a day in Hampshire reported to police
A CAMPAIGN has been launched to tackle domestic violence and give hope to the increasing number of victims suffering in silence.
Hampshire's police and crime commissioner Simon Hayes has made the issue his top priority, targeting better support for children and men and early intervention.
He will host a one-day conference next Wednesday where he will bring together experts in the field with the aim of transforming services for those most in need.
It comes as figures reveal 28,944 domestic violence and abuse incident were reported to Hampshire police last year - the equivalent to 79 a day.
It is also estimated than 130,000 children are living with high risk domestic abuse across the country and that seven per cent of women and five per cent of men have experience domestic abuse in the last year.
Mr Hayes said: “The consequences of domestic violence and abuse spirals down the generations and it will only increase unless there is an intervention to prevent it.
“The purpose of this conference is to bring together people who are interested in the subject, people who want to achieve what I do - getting the support for victims whoever they are and prevent domestic violence continuing at the rate it is.”
He hopes that as a man, he will be able to change the stereotypical view that all victims of domestic abuse are women, and raise awareness that men suffer too at the hands of controlling and abusive partners.
He added: “It is a very macho thing to not admit you are having problems and I think raising awareness and to give men permission to not only speak about their feelings and to say they are being abused or bullied within their relationship is important.
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