The festive season is, for many of us, a time of family happiness, tinsel, lights, decorations, presents and over indulgence.
However, it is also the time of year when incidents of domestic violence rise.
Labour councillor Janet Gardner urges anyone who has a friend or neighbour or family member who they suspect is a victim of this crime to ring the police if they think the victim is in need of help.
Many victims of domestic violence dread this time of year, when they know their partner's alcohol consumption goes up, arguments start and they fear for their lives.
If you see unexplained bruises or hear shouting, screaming, cries for help from friends, neighbours or family members and think it isn't your concern: it is. Please don't ignore it - report it.
It is a problem that will only be eradicated when, as a society, we acknowledge that we all should help those subjected to violence and abuse.
Please, please remember that children who witness or hear violence in the home are also the victims and need our help and support.
COUNCILLOR JANET GARDNER,
Hillingdon Domestic Violence Forum, Civic Centre,