IMPORTANT UPDATE: COVID-19

Former professional rugby league player, Jamie Jones-Buchanan has spoken out against domestic abuse after losing his cousin, Bethany Fields who was stabbed to death by her ex-partner in Huddersfield last year. Bethany’s abuser, Paul Crowther has received a life sentence for the attack.

Jamie has said he feels a duty to do all he can to prevent others from suffering a similar tragedy and has joined a social media campaign, along with Kevin Sinfield MBE, to raise awareness of the impact of domestic abuse using the hashtag #NoExcuseForAbuse. The campaign launched in May this year and is a partnership between the Leeds Rhinos Foundation and Inspire North, which is a charity who provide support for domestic abuse victims across the north of England.

Kevin Sinfield MBE is vice president of the Leeds Rhinos Foundation and has encouraged people who suspect their neighbours may be being abused to call the police, and has said he feels it is everyone’s responsibility to speak out.

We have seen domestic abuse cases and calls to helpline surge throughout lockdown and it is clear that domestic abuse does not only affect victims but also those around them, such as their family and friends.

It is crucial to speak out and get help if you believe someone you know could be a victim of domestic abuse. It’s also important to remember that abuse isn’t always physical but can include emotional, financial and sexual abuse. If you are worried a friend, family member or even someone you know such as a colleague is being abused, let them know that you have noticed something is wrong. It’s important not to push them, as they may not be ready to speak, but you should try to support them and encourage them to express how they feel and to seek help if they need it. You could also accompany them to the police station if they choose to report the abuse or to the hospital if they require medical attention as a result of physical abuse.

If you think you or someone you know could be a victim of abuse, please get in touch with our Family team. You can call us in confidence for free on 01484 821500 or email family@ramsdens.co.uk. We can help signpost you in the right direction and help you, or your friend or family member to obtain the support and protection that you require.

If you or someone you know are in immediate danger, you must call the police on 999. If you are in danger and unable to talk on the phone, call 999 and then press 55. This will transfer your call to the relevant police force who will assist you without you having to speak.