HUDDERSFIELD women are being urged to speak out against domestic violence.
And Women's Aid, a national charity that works to end domestic violence, has a simple message: You are not alone.
A recent study by the charity revealed that more than 12,000 women in Yorkshire used anti-domestic violence services last year.
The findings were revealed at the charity's launch of its multi-lingual version of The Survivor's Handbook.
This provides online help and safety information for women victims of abuse.
In the past three years the number of women seeking help from the charity has increased by 60%.
The Handbook is vital for women who do not know where to turn for information and advice.
A spokeswoman said:
"Domestic violence affects women from all backgrounds, regardless of age, class or race.
"It is vital that all women who experience abuse in the home can find support."
The Pennine Domestic Violence Group offers support to women in Kirklees.
It helps in a range of forms, from running support groups to offering emergency accommodation.
It also provides practical and emotional support, including legal services, health care access, visits to victims and a 24-hour advice line.
A spokeswoman said: "It is hard for victims to come forward, particularly if children are involved or if the person is from a strict religious community.
"A lot of verbally abused women are reluctant to seek help."
The Pennine Domestic Support Group can be contacted on 0800 052 7222.
The Survivor's Handbook can be accessed on www. womensaid.org.uk
Research has shown:
* Domestic violence kills two women every week
* It is very common, affecting one in four women in their lifetime
* Domestic violence is not just physical; it can be psychological or emotional.
* Women are most commonly sexually assaulted by men they know.