The latest campaign has been launched to coincide with Valentine’s Day, as figures show a significant increase in the number of incidents of domestic abuse and sexual violence around February 14.
It’s Never OK has two aims – to challenge perpetrators of domestic abuse and encourage victims to report their abuse. Posters bearing the It’s Never OK message have been put up in pubs, clubs and other venues across Tamworth, complete with helpline numbers.
The Tamworth Community Safety Partnership has organised two events in the town to raise awareness of domestic abuse and the help, which is available to both victims and perpetrators. The first is being held in an empty shop unit in Ankerside, opposite Clinton Cards, on Tuesday February 11 between 10am and 4pm. Representatives from a number of organisations including Tamworth Borough Council, the Community Safety team, Police, Fire & Rescue, T3 drug and alcohol service and the Pathway Project will be on hand throughout the day to give help and advice.
A similar event will be held around Ventura Park on Valentine’s Day itself, from 10.30am to 12.30pm, when cards carrying details of organisations, which offer help to domestic abuse victims and perpetrators, will be handed out.
Cllr Jeremy Oates, Cabinet member for Community Safety, said, “The prevention of domestic and sexual abuse, raising awareness, protection for victims and education for perpetrators are vital. This campaign spells out the message that domestic abuse is never OK – and that help is available to both victims and perpetrators.”
If you have a problem with domestic abuse, as either a victim or a perpetrator, you can find help through one of the following:
The Respect Helpline is a confidential service for perpetrators of domestic abuse, which offers information and support to help perpetrators change their behaviour. It can be contacted on 0808 802 4040.
Anyone suffering domestic abuse can contact Pathways on 01543 676800, as well as reporting the abuse to the police.
Anyone who feels they have a problem with drinking, which is a factor in domestic abuse, can contact Adsis on 0844 561 7079.