Helpline for victims of domestic violence

Wharfedale Observer: Victims can now phone Leeds Domestic Violence Service's helpline 24 hours a day Victims can now phone Leeds Domestic Violence Service's helpline 24 hours a day

Victims of domestic violence are being urged to seek support from a 24-hour helpline.

The Leeds Domestic Violence Service phone line offers confidential support and advice from trained staff for all victims of abuse aged 16 or older. It can be contacted on (0113) 246 0401.

Leeds City Council’s Safer Leeds Partnership is working with West Yorkshire Police and the NHS to help victims. The partnership is also responsible for overseeing inquiries which are made under new Clare’s Law legislation, which allows people to ask police if their partner has a history of domestic violence.

Six Clare’s Law applications have, to date, been discussed since February 2014 by the partnership. Details and further information around Clare’s Law can be requested at leeds.safeguarding@west yorkshire.pnn.police.uk or on (0113) 241 4180.

The partnership is also running a new pilot project working with men to improve their relationships with their children and partners and reduce their risk at home. For more information about the Caring Dads programme ring (0113) 395 1377.

Councillor Mick Coulson, Leeds City Council’s lead member for community safety, said: “We would urge anyone who is experiencing domestic violence to please seek support from the wide range of services available in Leeds.

“Nobody should have to suffer in silence and we would like to reassure anyone who is thinking of contacting us that our trained staff will always listen, never judge and offer the best practical advice and support.”

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