“Anyone can be affected by domestic abuse”; that’s the message from Norfolk Community Safety Partnership after they launched a domestic abuse awareness campaign on Wednesday.
In March this year alone there were 1,115 domestic abuse crimes and incidents reported to Norfolk police, so the campain aims to encourage recognition, reporting and referral of this form of abuse.
Chair of Norfolk Community Safety Partnership Laura McGillivray said: “Don’t sit on it or keep it quiet, please seek help. There are agencies you can go to for help in turning your life around.”
The campaign emphasises that domestic abuse can be physical, emotional, psychological, financial or sexual and that it often goes unreported.
Hashtags such as #IWalkedAway and #IsItYou are at the forefront of the movement, which will be used on posters across the county to underline that other victims have left abusive circumstances and made new starts.
Norfolk police Chief Constable Simon Bailey said: “Abuse, be it mental or physical, is totally unacceptable and no victim need suffer in silence at the hands of their tormentors.”
The campaign also hopes to reach out those who are responsible, as well as friends and family members who may be aware of the ongoing abuse.
Director of public health for Norfolk Louise Smith said: “So many people and families in Norfolk have their lives blighted by domestic abuse, but help and support is available and together we can reduce it.”
For more information, visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/safety/domestic-abuse or if you would like to speak to someone about this issue, you can call the 24-hour National Domestic Violence helpline on 0808 2000 247.