Citizens Advice LeicesterShire raises awareness of specialist helplines people can call if they’re experiencing domestic violence or abuse

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Citizens Advice LeicesterShire is raising awareness of specialist helplines people can call if they suspect someone they know may be in an abusive relationship as part of a new national campaign.

Dawn Mason, advice session supervisor at Citizens Advice LeicesterShire, said: “We’re 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.

“If you are experiencing domestic violence or abuse, or you are concerned someone you know might be in an abusive relationship, you can seek help by calling confidential freephone helplines. You can also get help and support from Citizens Advice LeicesterShire.”

The helplines people can call are:

If the victim is a woman, you can get help from the freephone, 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 (run in partnership by Refuge and Women’s Aid)

If the victim is a man, you can get help from the Men’s Advice Line on 0808 801 0327

If the victim is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, you can get specialised help from Broken Rainbow on 0300 999 5428

Safe Project (www.safedvs.co.uk) and emergency helpline 0300 123 0918