A HOUSING association says the number of reports of domestic abuse from residents is expected to double this year.

Fortis Living,Worcestershire’s largest social landlord, is taking part in a campaign after it found that in the 2017/18 financial year (April 1 to March 31) staff received 110 reports of domestic abuse, but there have already been 113 from the start of this April up until October.

Kerry Wentzel, Fortis Living’s domestic abuse champion, said: “Although domestic abuse budgets have been cut up and down the country, our message remains the same: our dedicated team is here to take your calls and offer support and help to all those suffering from domestic abuse.”

The reports can be from victims themselves, other concerned tenants or people in the community, for example a neighbour who has heard screaming and fighting and thinks someone is at risk.

Government statistics show that in the UK:

*1 in 4 women will experience some form of domestic abuse within their lives.

*2 women a week are killed by their partner or former partner.

*1 in 4 LGBT relationships is abusive.

*The average victim will suffer more than 50 incidents before reporting.

*The number one barrier preventing women from leaving abusive situations is housing.

The campaign, co-ordinated and supported by The Worcestershire Forum Against Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence, is called The 16 Days of Action – which is symbolised by a white ribbon. It takes place globally from November 25 and aims to raise awareness and ultimately end violence against women and girls.

Fortis Living staff will also be asking for donations of essential items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, sanitary products, shower gel and towels for women in refuges. Drop off points are at its Warndon and Malvern offices.

To report domestic abuse in a Fortis Living area, call the housing association on 0330 1230700.