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Turning the Spotlight during COVID-19

Turning the Spotlight, a programme in Cumbria that aims to reduce abusive traits in relationships, is offering support during the COVID-19 restrictions and calling for families to come forward who think they could benefit from the service. Turning the Spotlight, provided by the organisation, Victim Support, supports couples and families where low-level conflict or abuse has been identified and also works with individuals who have caused or are at risk at causing harm. Through one-on-one support, the programme helps clients understand what a healthy relationship is, how to maintain a healthy relationship and helps families address and reflect on their issues and develop relationship changing skills.

During COVID-19, the programme is supporting their service users over telephone and through the Victim Support Online Live Chat, which can be found on their website, and are running their group sessions through video conferencing.

The Police and partner-agencies can make referrals but anyone who feels that their relationship and/or family could benefit from Turning the Spotlight can self-refer through the victim support website under the help and support section. The service can also be accessed through contacting Victim Support on 03003030157, through emailing

Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall, said: “Sadly we have seen a rise in domestic abuse in Cumbria since the COVID-19 restrictions came in to practice – this cannot be tolerated and it’s essential that there are services available to victims who need to support.

“As Commissioner, putting victims first is at the heart of what I do and I am absolutely committed to ensuring that victims have access to the services they need, when they need them. 

“This is why I support and fund this programme with perpetrators of domestic abuse and their families and hopefully we will increase the chances of breaking the cycle of the offender’s behavior. 

“These courses, alongside the one to one support for those who are experiencing issues within their relationship are vital. Prevention is key, and whatever we can do to prevent and reduce incidents of domestic abuse has got to be a positive step.”

Laraine Carr, Turning the Spotlight Coordinator, said: “We provide a free, confidential and non-judgemental service to families in Cumbria. 

“If you are experiencing difficulties are worried about your behaviour and would like to learn different ways of coping, please get in contact.”

More information and the self-referral from can be found here:




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