VICTIMS of domestic violence are being encouraged to hide crucial information – in their shoes.

Small cards providing contact details for organisations that combat abuse have been produced as part of the ‘Time to say stop’ initiative, launched in Milnsbridge.

Project co-ordinator Rev Mike Roberts, from Milnsbridge Baptist Church, said: “The shoe cards are small, credit card-sized pieces of plastic that have all the contact details a victim of domestic violence might need.

“They are small so that they can be hidden away where a perpetrator won’t find them – like in a shoe.”

The cards will be available from community venues including the Drop-By Shop on Sycamore Avenue.

Publicity posters will also be put up under the scheme, which was funded by a £500 from Kirklees Council’s ‘people’s purse’.

The Botham Hall and Trees estates in Golcar and Milnsbridge are being targeted in the initiative.

Mr Roberts said domestic violence had been identified as an important issue among residents.

He added: “It’s been identified as a major problem across the area, across Huddersfield and the UK, and yet too often it goes on unnoticed and unreported behind closed doors, with people suffering in silence.”

Figures from the Legal Services Commission show the extent of the problem.

The commission helped 108 people in and around Huddersfield last year who had complained of being victimised.

More than 2,500 cases were dealt with across Yorkshire and Humberside.

LSC regional director Peter Nelson said: “Many abused women and children are desperate for advice to help them escape from the situation.

“They may find they need help with a range of problems, such as housing and debt, as they try to get away from a violent partner.

“It is our role at the LSC to make sure vulnerable people, such as victims of domestic violence, can get high quality advice from skilled and dedicated professionals at the time when they need it most.”

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