Are you in a healthy relationship?
With over 12,000 domestic abuse incidents reported in 2012, Surrey residents are asked to think about their personal relationships this week, in an attempt to spot the signs of a relationship that could turn abusive.
Domestic Abuse Awareness Week, which starts Monday (14 October), aims to raise awareness of the help available in Surrey if you are in an abusive or potentially abusive relationship.
The theme for the week is ‘Healthy Relationships’ prompting people to choose the words that best describe their relationship. Descriptions like controlling, dishonest or pressurised can be a sign that the relationship is less healthy and could later involve sexual or physical violence.
Although people of all ages are urged to think about their relationships, the theme is particularly aimed at young people for whom new technology poses an additional threat by enabling people to control their partners and family members using smart phones and social media.
Fiamma Pather, Operations Manager at yourSanctuary explains: “Young people find it harder to escape an abusive partner as the abuse will often continue online through a Facebook page or because their mobile phone has been tracked. Understanding the difference between a healthy and an unhealthy relationship is the first step in avoiding this type of abuse.”
Jon Savell, Detective Superintendent at Surrey Police said: “It is a sad fact that Surrey Police gets approximately a thousand reports a month relating to domestic abuse. That being said, I would like more people to report domestic abuse, if they are experiencing it. Domestic abuse is socially unacceptable and no one should have to experience abuse at the hands of their partner. The police’s role is to protect the lives of both adults and children who are at risk as a result of domestic abuse; and investigate all reports of domestic abuse thoroughly.”
Events will take place across the county to raise awareness not only of the help and support available to victims, but also the advice and information concerned family members, neighbours, close friends or work colleagues can access.
- See more at: http://www.surrey.police.uk/news/news-stories/full-news-story/article/6879/are-you-in-a-healthy-relationship#sthash.UINeTLaw.dpuf
Behind Closed Doors
Domestic abuse can happen to anyone. But there is never an excuse and no-one deserves to be in an abusive relationship. Click below to listen to the stories of victims who have been in an abusive relationship and sought help.
Eagle Radio’s Beverley Fullen talks to Louise She is a refuge support worker at Your Sanctuary. She supports survivors of domestic abuse and this is her story…
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Eagle Radio’s Beverley Fullen talks to “Emma” She is a survivor of domestic abuse. Her voice has been disguised. This is her story…
emmas-story.mp3 (16.21 MB, 11:47)
Claire is a survivor of domestic abuse. Her voice has been disguised and this is her story.
behind-closed-doors-claires-story.mp3 (11.46 MB, 12:30)