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Local hotel staff help people affected by domestic abuse over Christmas

Kind-hearted staff from a Farnborough hotel have been filling shoeboxes with small gifts and treats for people who will be living in a domestic abuse refuge on Christmas Day.

Christmas can be a difficult time for people who are living in abusive households, or who have already fled to a refuge for safety.

But staff from the Aviator Hotel in Farnborough are aiming to make Christmas a little easier by filling shoeboxes with treats to be given out on Christmas Day.

Cllr Simon Bound, chairman of the Safer North Hampshire* Partnership, said: “Christmas is known to be a time of year when an increasing number of calls are made to the police for domestic abuse incidents. There are a lot of reasons as to why demand grows at this time of year, such as the increased amount of time families spend together, often an increased consumption of alcohol, difficulties around child-contact and general pressures to make Christmas extra special.”

Anyone concerned about their safety over the Christmas period, and who would like to know the different options available, can call the You Trust on 0330 0165112. The You Trust operates a 24/7 helpline with specialists who can listen, advise and allocate domestic abuse outreach workers to provide support to men, women and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) victims of domestic abuse, as well as their children.

Anyone in immediate danger should call 999.

Shoeboxes will be donated to local refuges in the area.

For more information about domestic abuse and what help is available locally and nationally: www.safernh.org/domestic-abuse