Tesco Praised After Shoppers Spot National Domestic Abuse Helpline Number On Receipts
Tesco has been praised after shoppers spotted the UK supermarket had started printing the contact details for the National Domestic Abuse helpline on its receipts.
Refuge, which runs the helpline, recently said it had seen a 66 percent increase in calls to the helpline during lockdown.
The National Domestic Abuse helpline is a free-to-call service that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Joining in the efforts to tackle domestic abuse, the supermarket has been including a message on its receipts which reads: "Help is available if you're experiencing domestic abuse. Call the National Domestic Abuse helpline on 0808 2000 247. Download the Brightsky App."
After shoppers spotted the message, they were quick to praise Tesco, with one person posting on Twitter to say: "Hats off to Tesco for adding this to all of their receipts. Please do not suffer in silence. 1 in 4 women will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime. 1 in 6 men will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime."
Another wrote: "An act of pure class from Tesco including the National Domestic Abuse helpline on ALL receipts!"
While a third posted: "I saw this hidden note on my Tesco receipt last night where it says if you're experiencing domestic abuse this is the number to call. What a fantastic idea and I hope this helps someone."
Speaking about the initiative, a Tesco spokesperson told the Manchester Evening News: "Domestic abuse affects one in three women and one in six men during their lifetime.
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"By using our till receipts to provide information on where victims of domestic abuse can access support, we hope that more people will be able to get the help they need."
In April, the UK government pledged £2 million in support of domestic abuse victims.
Speaking in April, she said: "In the last week the National Domestic Abuse Helpline reported a 120 percent increase in the number of calls it received in one 24-hour period.
"While we have not yet seen a sustained rise in reports of domestic abuse to the police, this increase in those seeking help for this hidden crime is extremely concerning.
"Be in no doubt, there will be absolutely no let-up in our operational response.
"For the victims of these crimes, home is not the safe haven that it should be, and that is why I have been working with law enforcement, charities, schools, businesses and local councils to address this change in threat picture."
You can contact the 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline number, run by Refuge, on 0808 2000 247 or visit www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk
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Topics: UK News