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Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Waheed Saleem said:

“From 25 November to 10 December 2020 the United Nations have been running the 16 days which is focused on ending violence towards women and girls.

“This year we have faced a global health emergency, which has impacted every aspect of our lives. The pandemic has forced nations across the world to lockdown and the United Kingdom was not an exception to this. Here in the West Midlands as a result of the lockdown we have seen domestic abuse rise by over 37% on last year. This is extremely concerning.

“Locally, we have worked with partners to on running the No Excuse For Abuse campaign. This campaign has focused on those encouraging people to come forward to report domestic abuse to the police and get the help they need through our specialist support providers. 

“As Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner I am working everyday with partners to ensure we have the services available to support people if they are experiencing domestic abuse.

“Domestic abuse has often been seen as a ‘hidden crime’, one which is underreported to the police and is a lot more widespread than figures suggest.

“I want to be clear, no matter who you are, if you’re a victim of domestic abuse, there is support for you.

“There is no excuse for abuse”.

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