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Help for domestic abuse victims

PUBLISHED: 10:23 12 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:45 05 July 2010

Victims of domestic abuse are being targeted by a new police initiative in Lowestoft - with the help of supermarket till receipts.

Receipts from the Morrisons store in Lowestoft will feature a number of advertisements for a helpline aimed at victims of domestic abuse.

Victims of domestic abuse are being targeted by a new police initiative in Lowestoft - with the help of supermarket till receipts.

Receipts from the Morrisons store in Lowestoft will feature a number of advertisements for a helpline aimed at victims of domestic abuse.

Marianne Fellowes, county domestic violence and abuse project team manager, said: “When an individual is a victim of domestic abuse their access to information and support can be limited by the member of family, partner or ex-partner that is abusing them.

“This crime affects people from all social and economic backgrounds, regardless of age, ethnicity or religious belief - so a supermarket is perfect in that it is a location used by all.”

Det Insp Terry Jones, based at Suffolk police's Lowestoft victim care centre, said it was hoped that the advertisements - which will be on receipts given out until January - would reach a wide audience.

“We recognise that it is not always easy for those in abusive relationships to seek help, but are always seeking ways of getting the break the pattern message out to those who may need advice and assistance.,” he said.

The Break The Pattern 24-hour helpline number, which features in the advertisements, is 0800 7835121. In an emergency, victims should call 999.

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