Ilkley Soroptimists support anti-domestic abuse helpline

First published in Local news

Soroptimists in Ilkley are reaching out to women who suffer domestic abuse through a campaign supported by local businesses.

Ilkley Soroptimists has created small stickers publicising the National Domestic Abuse Helpline, and these will be placed inside public toilet doors in the next few weeks.

The sticker gives the telephone number for the round-the-clock helpline, so women who are being abused, or know of others who are, can make a note and make that important call.

One of the Soroptimists’ current projects is to bring about awareness of the growing problem of domestic abuse and violence within relationships.

According to national statistics, one in four women experience domestic violence.

The Soroptimists say it can happen to anyone – yet the problem is often overlooked, excused or denied.

President of Ilkley Soroptimists Gill Wilkinson said: “It occurs within all age ranges, ethnic backgrounds and economic levels. It doesn’t have to be physical but can be emotional or psychological, and often the victim does not known where to turn for help, or feels too afraid.”

The organisation is being supported by local pubs, hotels, cafes, and hairdressing salons.

The helpline, (0808) 2000247, operates seven days a week.

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