Are you in an abusive relationship? Plymouth people being asked to check online to fight domestic abuse
AN AWARENESS campaign launched today by police to highlight domestic abuse aims to ask some tough questions.
Devon and Cornwall Police is launching an online quiz as part of its "Is This Love?" campaign, which highlights the signs of domestic abuse.
The campaign, which runs from today until February 18, is centred around an interactive quiz created by the Devon-based domestic abuse service Stop Abuse for Everyone (SAFE). The aim is to help people learn more about some of the lesser known aspects of abuse and find out if they could be in an abusive relationship.
Claire Brown, for SAFE, who created the quiz, said: "We wanted to create a simple and accessible resource to help people analyse their relationships with partners, friends and family members and find out whether certain behaviour could be abusive.
"We know that people who have experienced abuse for many years, or have grown up in a violent environment, do not always consider certain behaviour as abusive, so it is crucial that we raise awareness of what is acceptable and not acceptable in a relationship – and at Valentine's Day, a time for love and affection, this is particularly poignant."
Research carried out by Devon and Cornwall Police shows that during 2012, police responded to 26,149 domestic abuse incidents across the region.
In 2009 The Herald reported on claims that domestic abuse costs the city upwards of £110million a year – or £200 a minute. The report was created from figures taken from a Home Office survey.
The same year police confirmed domestic violence accounted for 27 per cent of all recorded violent crime in Devon and Cornwall.
On average, female victims experience violence on 35 occasions before going to the police.
Detective Chief Inspector of the Public Protection Unit, from Devon and Cornwall Police, Mike West said: "Domestic abuse is something that comes in a number of different forms and can be experienced by anyone.
"Devon & Cornwall Police and their partners are only too aware of the effect that the various forms of controlling behaviour, including physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse can have, and that is why we're encouraging people to recognise the signs of abuse within and outside of their own relationships in order that victims, potential victims and their families can be protected and supported by our specially trained resources.
"The quiz, which can be found on our website, via Twitter and Facebook pages, helps to identify those that may be at risk of abuse, and can provide important information and guidance regarding how the Police, their partner agencies, and friends and families can help those that are most at risk."
Plymouth Domestic Abuse Service - 01752 252033 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
24-hour National Domestic Violence Free phone Helpline - 0808 2000 247
In an emergency call 999.
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