Key advice on abuse for friends and family

DAWN Advice research and campaigns officer Richard Williams is helping to highlight the Citizens Advice campaign. Picture by Jane Coltman.
DAWN Advice research and campaigns officer Richard Williams is helping to highlight the Citizens Advice campaign. Picture by Jane Coltman.

As part of a new national campaign, a Morpeth-based organisation is highlighting the help at hand for friends and family of victims of domestic abuse.

DAWN Advice (Citizens Advice Bureau) says that as many as one in three people in Northumberland may know a sufferer, but many will not know how best to support them.

Staff are raising awareness of specialist helplines people can call if they suspect someone they know may be in an abusive relationship.

In its new report – A link in the chain – the national Citizens Advice body states that most people in Britain do not feel equipped to help someone who is suffering from domestic abuse.

As part of the national campaign, Talk About Abuse, DAWN Advice is also suggesting that the part family and friends already play should be considered in the UK Government’s announced review of how it approaches the issue.

Research and campaigns officer Richard Williams said: “Those suffering from domestic abuse may feel unable to reach out for help themselves, so people who want to support them need to know the steps they can take and where they can get specialist help.

“We are joining the national Talk About Abuse campaign so we can help ordinary people know how to recognise abuse, talk about it safely and enable victims to make the right decisions for themselves.”

For more details about the helplines people can call, contact DAWN Advice, an independent charity, on 0300 3031931.