No one should have to suffer from domestic abuse and violence

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Jeff Cuthbert, has reinforced a commitment from Gwent Police to support those suffering from domestic abuse and sexual violence during the Coronavirus lockdown.

He said: “Over the last few weeks, Gwent Police has seen a significant reduction in the reports of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

“These are already significantly under-reported crimes in our communities and we know that they are continuing to happen. The national lockdown means that, sadly, there could be more incidents in the home and we want people experiencing such abuse to seek help.

“I welcome Chief Constable Pam Kelly’s firm commitment that Gwent Police will continue to work hard to tackle violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.

“We know that abuse can have life-changing consequences for the people who experience it and their loved ones. By working together, we can provide you with the help and specialist support you need to end the abuse and ensure it doesn’t happen again.

“Please don’t suffer in silence. Help is available.”

In an emergency, always call 999.

For advice and support, contact Live Fear Free on 0808 8010800.

Additional help, support and information is also available at www.gwentsafeguarding.org.uk