Christmas Campaign All we want for Christmas is for everyone to be safe... Everyone deserves a life free from domestic abuse and whilst this is absolutely true all year round - Christmas brings some particular challenges. The media surrounds us with images and messaging that implies Christmas must be a perfect time, filled with love, laughter and family. Sadly, for so many individuals and families, it brings a stark contrast to the Christmas that they will be anticipating... If home isn't safe and the person you are due to spend it with is the reason that you don't feel safe then you may well feel even more isolated right now than ever before. We understand this and want everyone to know that we are still here, we understand and we want to help. Whether you need to find out some more about what we offer for yourself, for your Mum or Dad or for someone you love or perhaps someone you know and worry about then please do reach out to us. We're here over Christmas, because regardless of the time of year, everyone deserves to be safe and to have a life free from domestic abuse. Help & support for Victims Domestic abuse is an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour that can happen at any point in a relationship or after a relationship has ended. There are many forms of domestic abuse including physical, emotional, psychological, sexual and economic. You may be in isolation, but you are not alone. There is a system in place if you are a victim of domestic abuse and afraid of being overheard when calling 999. If you call 999 an operator will ask which emergency service you need. If you can’t talk the call will be forwarded to an operating system. If you press 55 the operator will transfer you to your police force as an emergency. Help & support for Children & Young People For every person being abused there is someone else responsible for that abuse – the perpetrator. And all too often, children are in the home and being exposed and living with the impact. For some young people the experience of domestic abuse can lead them to cause harm to those closest to them including partners, parents, siblings and other family members. Young victims of domestic abuse are also more likely to experience abuse from an intimate partner later in life. Spotting the signs of Domestic Abuse Spot the signs of domestic abuse, these can include: Excuses for injuries Personality changes Low self esteem Loss of interest in daily activities Seeming fearful Skipping work or socials for no clear reason Developing an alcohol or drug problem If you notice a concerning change in the behaviour of someone you know, it could be a sign of domestic abuse. For more information and advice please contact COMPASS, our single point of contact for local domestic abuse services.