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Weymouth and Portland top table for divorced people
WEYMOUTH and Portland has one of the highest number of divorced people in the country.
A total of 12.1 per cent of the local population is divorced according to figures from the Office of National Statistics.
Divorce figures for other areas of Dorset remain much lower, with West Dorset and Purbeck both at 9.8 per cent.
A spokesperson for relationship support group Relate Dorset, said: “Relate are aware there are people struggling with their relationships and are here to help with difficulties they experience within family life.
“We have a team of counsellors and mediators who can give professional, non-judgemental and confidential support.”
In Weymouth and Portland, 6,544 people are divorced out of a total of 54,306 with marital or civil partnership status.
Although the number of divorced people in West Dorset is higher at 8,174 people, the number of people with a marital or civil partnership status in the area is also higher at 83,536.
Blackpool has the highest number of people divorced in the UK with 13.1 per cent, followed by Hastings with 12.8 per cent, Torbay with 12.2 per cent and Weymouth and Portland with 12.1 per cent.
All 12 areas with a rate above 12 per cent are also on the coast according to the figures, which suggests seaside towns have more divorced people than anywhere else in the country.
Colin Hicks, Associate Director for Talking Therapies at Dorset HealthCare, said: “When people go through a divorce, they can often experience depression, anxiety and high levels of stress, as well as issues with their confidence and self esteem.
“Dorset HealthCare’s ‘Steps 2 Wellbeing’ provides a free talking therapies service for people who may be struggling with these issues. We offer a range of interventions which have been shown to be effective in helping people - including telephone support, face to face counselling, group work and online self-help programmes. “We accept self-referrals to this service, so anyone in Weymouth and Portland can contact us directly for help by calling 01305 761501 or emailing email@example.com”.
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