Domestic violence helpline launches

Cllr Andrea Milner
Cllr Andrea Milner

A new website and helpline has been launched in a bid to encourage more domestic violence victims to report abuse.

Health, council and police chiefs have joined forces with charities to set up the dedicated website and helpline, which will act as a one-stop shop for people living in Thorne and the surrounding district wanting information and help.

Coun Andrea Milner, cabinet member for equalities, said: “This new approach means victims will just have to call one number and they’ll be able to get all the help they need.

“The website is ideal for anyone wanting more detailed information and it’s fantastic to see more support for victims in the face of government spending cuts.”

Doncaster Council said that more than a quarter of women were victims of domestic abuse.

The most recent figures released by South Yorkshire Police show an increase in domestic violence in the borough, with 5,089 reported incidents between April 2009 and March 2010, compared to 4,091 in the previous year.

Women’s Aid and Doncaster Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Service are also supporting the initiatives.

Sue Womack, director of Women’s Aid in Doncaster, added: “We’re really pleased that women and men in Doncaster now have a dedicated website where they can find information on all the services available in their home town.

“Women’s Aid has worked with victims in Doncaster for 35 years and we’re proud to be a part of this new website.”

The website is www.doncasterdomesticabuse.co.uk and the helpline is 01302 01302 326411.

Anyone in immediate danger is urged to call police by dialling 999.