Domestic abuse campaign is launched in Essex

14:44 09 June 2014

From left, Cllr Dick Madden, chief constable Stephen Kavanagh, PCC Nick Alston and representatives from Thurrock Council and Southend Borough Council.

From left, Cllr Dick Madden, chief constable Stephen Kavanagh, PCC Nick Alston and representatives from Thurrock Council and Southend Borough Council.

Archant

Domestic abuse is being targeted by Essex Police and Essex County Council in a joint campaign launched today.

‘Standing Together’ aims to reduce the number of people in abusive relationships in the county.

In Essex last year 78 per cent of domestic incidents reported to the police were from women.

Domestic abuse can be physical, psychological, sexual or financial and can affect anyone. Both authorities have prioritised the crime, and are working with councils, the police and crime commissioner, charities and women’s refuges in a stand against domestic abuse.

Residents are also being asked to “tweet their feet” and upload a photo of their feet to Facebook and Twitter with the hashtags #tweetyourfeet and #notodomesticabuse to show they believe domestic abuse is wrong.

It is hoped the campaign will show the positive difference leaving an abusive relationship can lead to.

Chief constable Stephen Kavanagh said: “This campaign takes a completely new approach to domestic abuse communications.

“We have listened to men and women who have survived an abusive relationship and created content that is engaging, uplifting and positive. Generally, whenever you see domestic abuse campaigns, they are full of doom and gloom – women with black eyes, with their heads in their hands, looking depressed.

“This campaign is about empowerment. It’s about showing that there is life after domestic abuse and that both men and women can be empowered to leave an abusive situation, change their lives and move forward.

“Lots of people generally see domestic abuse campaigns and think to themselves ‘What’s that got to do with me? I’m not being abused’. However, this campaign gives everyone the chance to stand together against domestic abuse and say that it is wrong.”

Dick Madden, county councillor for children and families, added: “We are encouraging the whole community to get involved and stand with us against this crime.

“Domestic abuse is wrong and ruins lives, and we are committed to helping victims and reducing incidents.”

For information visit the Essex Police website, or to report domestic abuse call 101, or 999 in an emergency.

For information on the campaign or advice and guidance visit the Essex Police campaign site, click on the link at the top right of this page.

To report domestic abuse to Essex Police call 101, or 999 in an emergency.

Related articles

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Dunmow Broadcast visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Dunmow Broadcast staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Dunmow Broadcast account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

10:00
A large number of parents and toddlers turned out to celebrate 20 years of Buffy Bus.

Toddlers and their parents celebrated the 20th birthday of Uttlesford’s only playbus, by getting on board last Thursday with Buffy balloons and the eating of a blue, vehicular cake.

09:00
Dave Sissens, 40, of High Roding, is following up his trek to the North Pole for charity by running 13 marathons back-to-back.

Two years after raising £28,000 for charity by hiking to the North Pole, a High Roding man is to take his latest crazy feat of endurance – 13 marathons back-to-back from Paris to London.

Yesterday, 16:23

A police investigation has been launched into an ongoing spate of destruction at a farm in Little Dunmow, where land continues to be ravaged by vandals driving over crops and causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

Yesterday, 18:23
District councillor for Thaxted, Martin Foley, said

“People power” and canine resistance have been called upon to oppose the latest application to build 100 houses in Thaxted.

E-edition

Most read stories