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Saints skipper Paul Wellens wins backing for campaign to outlaw domestic violence
9:49am Monday 1st October 2012 in News
SAINTS skipper Paul Wellens has picked up big support for an online campaign to show the red card to domestic violence.
More than 150 people have backed his pledge - and for one of them, red-hot Saints fan David Williams – it turned out to be a commitment well worth making, when he heard his name pulled out of the hat to win an exclusive tee-shirt signed by Wello.
David, serving with the armed forces, said: “It's good to see people stand up for what’s right.”
The online campaign was launched by St Helens Council and its community safety partners to raise awareness of domestic violence.
Cabinet Member for Environmental Protection and Safer Communities, Councillor Richard McCauley said: “Domestic violence and abuse are still very much under reported in St Helens. In fact most cases are never reported.
“Often people may not even realise they are a victim. It's not always physical abuse - it can take the form of threats, harassment, controlling behaviour, financial and emotional abuse.
“That's why it's so important that we continue to raise awareness of the crime, to encourage victims to come forward and abusers to realise what they are doing is wrong. We have been so pleased to have Saints on board, supporting the campaign.”
If you or someone you know are suffering from domestic violence and abuse there is support available:
Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVA) – 01744 743200
Help and support for victims – independent of Merseyside Police and social services.
Helena Extra 24 hour Domestic Violence Helpline – 01925 220541 Emergency refuge accommodation and 24 hour advice and support
Family Crime Investigation Unit – 0151 777 6010 Specialist family crime unit within Merseyside Police Visit www.safersthelens.org.uk/pledges to sign the pledge against domestic violence.