County's Director of Public Heath publishes report highlighting impact of domestic abuse - The Rugby Observer

County's Director of Public Heath publishes report highlighting impact of domestic abuse

A POWERFUL report which highlights the impact of domestic abuse has been published by Warwickshire’s Director of Public Heath.

Dr Shade Agboola’s annual report for 2023 has shone a spotlight on the emotional, physical and mental impact of domestic abuse.

The report, entitled Breaking the Silence, was shared at the Warwickshire Health and Wellbeing Board meeting with the county’s key players in health improvement.

Dr Agboola introduced the report, which portrays the devastating impact of domestic abuse through the story of a character named Mia. While the story is fictional, it has been written to reflect real-life experiences and highlight the harm caused by this crime.

Dr Agboola told the meeting: “Domestic abuse negatively affects physical, mental, emotional, sexual and reproductive health, not only for victims and survivors but other family members too, including children.

“Young people can be victims in their own right, and growing up in a household where abuse is taking place can have an enduring and detrimental effect on their health and development.”

She urged those present to reflect upon the roles that they, their services and communities could play in preventing all types of abuse.

She added: “Victims and survivors are predominantly women and children, but any gender can be affected, and we must ensure people are able to get the help they need to break the cycle and seek support.”

Coun Margaret Bell, Warwickshire County Council’s spokeswoman for Adult Social Care and Health, added: “The report explores opportunities across our services and partnerships to increase prevention and prioritise support for those who are victim-survivors of domestic abuse.

“The report is written from a unique perspective, and I encourage you to take a moment to read it and reflect on the findings.”

Visit to read the report.

Domestic abuse support is available via or by calling the Warwickshire Domestic Violence Service on 0800 408 1552.

Call 999 or Minicom/Textphone 18001 if someone is in immediate danger. Visit to report concerns anonymously to Crimestoppers.

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