The latest campaign, bearing the message It’s Never OK, was launched by the Tamworth Community Safety Partnership 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 had two aims – to challenge perpetrators of domestic abuse and encourage victims to report their abuse. Posters bearing the It’s Never OK message were put up in pubs, clubs and other venues across Tamworth, complete with helpline numbers.
The Tamworth Community Safety Partnership organised two events in the town to raise awareness of domestic abuse and the help available to both victims and perpetrators. The first was held in an empty shop unit in Ankerside on Tuesday February 11 and attracted more than 200 visitors.
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 were on hand throughout the day to give help and advice.
On Valentine’s Day itself, representatives from the Community Safety Partnership visited every store at Ventura Park to hand out cards with the It’s Never OK message and details of organisations which offer help to domestic abuse victims and perpetrators. Around 60 people were spoken to during the event.
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.
“I am delighted that so many people came along to the two events and were able to take advantage of this powerful information.”
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.