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Domestic Abuse: Speak out, we will listen

23 Nov 2015

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Would it surprise you to know on average a victim will encounter 35 abusive incidents before they consider reporting it to the police?

Humberside Police have launched a domestic abuse campaign to educate and reassure victims “We will believe you” and “Life can be better than this. Speak out, we will listen”.

The campaign will focus on encouraging victims along with family, friends and neighbours who suspect someone they know is suffering from domestic abuse, to come forward and report it.

The campaign aims to reassure the public they will be taken seriously and police will investigate and support victims.

To someone who has never encountered an abusive relationship, it can be hard to believe that anyone would forgive their partner for hurting them physically, mentally or financially, but until you are put in this position, it is impossible to understand.

It is estimated nationally 1.2 million women and 800,000 men suffered domestic abuse in the last year, according to Home Office Statistics. Meanwhile only 23% of domestic abuse is thought to be reported to police and for those who did not report the abuse, the most common reasons given were that the abuse was too trivial or not worth reporting (42%); it was a private family matter and not the business of the police (34%) and the victim didn’t think the police could help (15%).

 

So Humberside Police are now urging family, friends, associates, work colleagues and neighbours to change their attitude towards domestic abuse. It is not a private matter and it is everyone’s business to inform the police, who can help the victim and deal with the perpetrator appropriately.

 

Superintendent Dave Hall, who oversees domestic abuse for the force said: “Last year Humberside Police dealt with 15,749 domestic abuse calls for service. We know it is still under reported, so it is hoped this campaign will reassure some of our most defenceless victims to have the confidence in the police and let us help.

“It is disheartening to hear a victim of domestic abuse blaming themselves or convincing themselves it will end soon. The reality is domestic abuse is rarely a one off event and it tends to get worse and to happen more over time.

 “I want to really encourage everyone to take a stand against domestic abuse and pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about it. By helping victims escape and offering offenders help, we will be drastically reducing the amount of people at a serious risk of serious injury or death.”

 

Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Grove, said: “Domestic abuse is not just a key priority in my Police and Crime Plan, it is important to me personally. It is a particularly nasty crime that is damaging and eroding the lives of many families, and diminishing the life chances of thousands of our children. The actions of one thoughtless, bullying individual can leave repercussions that last for decades.

“I want victims of domestic abuse to have the confidence to come forward and report it to the police. We WILL listen, we WILL support you, we WILL help you get your life back. Together, we’ll make it stop.”

Posters will be placed in targeted key locations across the force area, social media adverts have been launched and partner agencies are backing the campaign to ensure the messages are delivered.

The campaign will run throughout the year to support everyone affected by domestic abuse.

If you suspect a loved one, neighbour, colleague or friend is suffering in silence, you can report your suspicions anonymously to Humberside Police on 101, or 999 in an emergency. We will deal with each case thoroughly and sensitively.

For more details on domestic abuse, contact any of the following in confidence: Humberside Police on 101, National Domestic Helpline on 0808 2000 247, East Riding Domestic Violence Abuse Project (DVAP) on 01482 396330, Hull Domestic Abuse Project (DAP) 01482 318759, or Its My Right Project for North and North East Lincolnshire on 0800 1974787. Alternatively speak to your GP or local Social Services.

See more domestic abuse stories on Twitter by following #lifecanbebetter

Posters will be placed in targeted key locations across the force area, social media adverts have been launched and partner agencies are backing the campaign to ensure the messages are delivered.

The campaign will run throughout the year to support everyone affected by domestic abuse.

 

 

See more domestic abuse stories on Twitter by following #lifecanbebetter

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