How Is Your Partner Going To Show They Love You This Valentines Day?
For most people Valentine’s Day is the most romantic date on the calendar, unfortunately research shows there is a considerable increase in domestic abuse at this time.
For many, February 14th brings another day of fear and abuse when ‘love’ turns into unreasonable jealousy and possessiveness, turning to violence, power and control.
This Valentine’s Day South Bucks District Council are sending out a strong message to victims of domestic violence that they are not alone and that support and help is available on their doorstep. Small pocket sized ‘mock’ Valentines Day cards have been produced containing practical information on how to make the first step towards breaking free of an abusive relationship.
The ‘mock’ Valentine’s Day cards have the message that domestic violence and abuse is a crime which people should not have to put up with. As well as listing support agencies victims can turn to for help they also include practical advice for escaping an abusive relationship and keeping safe.
Nationally, one in four women and one in six men will suffer domestic abuse in their lifetime. Many incidents of domestic abuse go unreported, with victims too scared to seek help or support, or unaware of where to turn or what support services are available. Figures show that victims only contact the police after an average of 35 assaults. Nationally, two women every week are killed by their current or former partner so the seriousness of these crimes should not be underestimated. It is hoped that by producing and distributing these support cards more victims will be encouraged to come forward to report these crimes and move on with their lives.
South Bucks District Councillor, Anita Cranmer, Portfolio Holder for Community says, “We strongly encourage any person suffering from domestic abuse to seek advice and support either from the police or from the other independent specialist support services who will all be able to provide the help that individuals may need to break free from abusive partners. By raising awareness at this time I hope that we can highlight that domestic violence is totally unacceptable and that nobody should have to endure it. Victims should not have to suffer alone and in silence. Help, support and advice is readily and freely available.”
For more help or information contact:
Thames Valley Police (Ask for Domestic Violence Unit) 0845 8505 505
Wycombe Women’s Aid 01494 461367
East Berkshire Women’s Aid 01753 549865
Relate 01628 625320In an emergency, always call the police by dialling 999
For further information you can also contact South Bucks District Council’s Community Safety team on 01895 83720
For more information please contact
South Bucks District Council,
Denham, Bucks. UB9 4LH
Tel: 01895 837200