Countywide organisations come together to fight domestic abuse

Politics / Wed 11th Jun 2014 at 12:57pm

ORGANISATIONS across Essex have come together to launch ‘Standing Together’ against domestic abuse, a joint campaign being led by Essex County Council and Essex Police. This is the largest domestic abuse campaign of this kind to take place in the county.

Domestic abuse is a priority for both Essex Police and Essex County Council, in Essex last year 78% of domestic incidents reported to the police were from women, while 22% were from men, but nobody should live in fear.

Domestic abuse can be physical, psychological, sexual or financial and can affect anyone. Essex County Council and Essex Police, working closely with borough councils, the Essex Police and Crime Commissioner, Southend and Thurrock Unitary Authorities as well as charities and women’s refuges are standing together to say no to domestic abuse.

Cabinet member for Children and families, Cllr Dick Madden said: “ This campaign aims to raise awareness of a subject that is often seen as taboo, people don’t talk about it and we want to get people talking. We are encouraging the whole community to get involved and stand with us against this crime. Domestic abuse is wrong and ruins lives, working with Essex Police we are committed to helping victims and reducing incidents.”

Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh says: “This campaign takes a completely new approach to domestic abuse communications. We have listened to men and women who have survived an abusive relationship and created content that is engaging, uplifting and positive. Generally, whenever you see domestic abuse campaigns, they are full of doom and gloom – women with black eyes, with their heads in their hands, looking depressed.

“This campaign is about empowerment; it’s about showing that there is life after domestic abuse and that both men and women can be empowered to leave an abusive situation, change their lives and move forward. “Lots of people generally see domestic abuse campaigns and think to themselves ‘What’s that got to do with me? I’m not being abused. “However, this campaign gives everyone the chance to stand together against domestic abuse and say that it is wrong.”

abuseThe campaign has been put together with the help and support of survivors of domestic abuse, and focusses on the positive difference it has made to women and men who have left abusive relationships.

The campaign also aims to encourage the wider community to get involved by standing together and ‘tweeting their feet’ and uploading a photograph of their feet to Facebook and Twitter using the hashtags #tweetyourfeet and #notodomesticabuse to show that they believe domestic abuse is wrong.

For more information on the campaign or advice and guidance then take a look at www.essex.police.uk/standingtogether

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