Why 500 orange cushions have been distributed around Leeds by domestic violence campaigners

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It’s a subject that doesn’t necessarily make for easy conversations.

But campaigners and the council are encouraging people in Leeds to “get comfortable” talking about domestic violence.

Coun Lucinda Yeadon, centre, with Bridget Emery, of Leeds City Council's Domestic Violence Partnership Board, and Kate Bratt-Farrar, of Leeds Domestic Violence Service

Coun Lucinda Yeadon, centre, with Bridget Emery, of Leeds City Council's Domestic Violence Partnership Board, and Kate Bratt-Farrar, of Leeds Domestic Violence Service

There were 15,000 reported incidents last year – but that is believed to be a relatively small proportion of the true number.

Orange sofas and cushions have been installed at various locations across the city to highlight the need for the subject to be openly addressed.

Kate Bratt-Farrar, of Leeds Domestic Violence Service, said: “We want to start a conversation in the city about the issue. People are often so ashamed that they don’t talk about it.

“We want everyone to be comfortable, so that if someone comes to you to tell you that they are a victim, you are confident enough to listen.”

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Coun Lucinda Yeadon, executive member for children and families, said victims and witnesses were often reluctant to come forward out of fear.

“Lots of people simply don’t know what will happen if they talk to someone or report domestic violence and abuse, or how they can help someone they know who is affected by it,” she said.

“This is why we are encouraging everyone, through this campaign, to be more open about it.”

Three sofas are currently in place at community centres in Harehills and Middleton as well as Leeds Art Gallery. Five hundred cushions are on benches, in council buildings, leisure centres and libraries.

During the campaign people can ask questions by email at getcomfortable@leeds.gov.uk or via Twitter to @LCC_News.

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