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Call for Help Spotting Abuse
6:02am 25th November 2011
Cornwall is being urged to speak out for victims of abuse.
It is as statistics show a twenty percent rise in adult cases last year. More than three hundred and fifty Cornish children are being protected too.
Now a new campaign is running called "If you see something - say something."
Amy from St Austell was a victim of domestic violence. She said, "Just in my family alone I'm the fourth generation of children to be taken into care. But it's been at the extreme end of the violence. Leading up to it nobody has spoken out."
"Because it's been kind of normalised in my family it was very difficult for somebody to question it and to stop it at an early time. Sometimes it takes that outside person to have that impact at the beginning before it escalates to an extreme end,"
Rob Cooper is heading up the new campaign in Cornwall. He said, "They are dealt with sensitively. Half of these instances happen in people's own homes. Although the authorities can be there we need the eyes and ears of the public, friends, relatives, neighbours to help us do our job."
Armand Toms, the Council’s lead member for adult care and support said, “In the first instance try and contact someone you trust. This could be a friend, family member, carer, doctor or nurse, a social worker or member of the police. This person can then make a safeguarding alert.”
If you do not have someone you can talk to, you can phone one of the two special units set up to handle safeguarding referrals. The numbers are 0300 1234 131 to report concerns about vulnerable adults or 0300 1231 116 for concerns about children and young people.
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