A POIGNANT candlelit vigil to remember the victims of domestic violence marked the launch of a campaign to tackle the abuse.
Arun District Council chairman Ann Smee was joined by fellow councillors, council staff, Sussex Police and the chairman and deputy chairman of the Western Sussex magistrates bench for the occasion.
Worth Services, Victim Support and members of the public also took part and lit the symbolic candles at the event.
It took place at the Arun Civic Centre in Littlehampton.
Cllr Smee said: “We must do all we can to raise awareness of the support available to those affected by domestic abuse.
“It is understandable that they may feel too frightened and demoralised to seek help, but the abuse will not end unless they do.
“I hope that this campaign will empower those people to make the contact with the organisations we are highlighting and get the support they so badly need.”
The Safer Arun Partnership – Stop domestic abuse, Start your life – campaign is designed to reach out to victims and help them to get the help they need.
Posters to highlight the campaign will be on display in bus shelters across the Arun district in December and January.
More information and contact details are on the White Ribbon Campaign website tinyurl.com/helpabuse or the 24-hour helpline 0808 2000 247.