An Island wide campaign launches today (Wednesday 10 July) to offer sources of help and advice to anyone affected by domestic abuse.
From today to 21 July, the Isle of Wight Community Safety Partnership is focusing on a different theme of domestic abuse everyday on the Isle of Wight council’s social media sites.
The themes include: emotional abuse, effects on health, role of family and friends, bystander intervention and sexual abuse.
Posters outlining sources of help and advice will also be on display at bus stops, GP surgeries, libraries, leisure centres and shared with partner organisations.
Councillor Tig Outlaw, Cabinet member for community safety and public protection, said:
“This campaign is an opportunity for CSP partners to highlight the help and support we have on offer for anyone experiencing domestic abuse. Our priority is, and will always be, keeping our communities safe. Anyone who has been a victim of domestic or sexual abuse can report it to police, if they are able to. You will be listened to, taken seriously and supported.”
Help is available through You First, part of The YOU Trust – the Island’s domestic abuse and sexual violence/crime service. If you need support and advice, you can also speak directly to them via:
Tonia Redvers, head of hidden violence and counselling services for the YOU Trust, said:
“We know that some people don’t realise they are experiencing domestic abuse or their behaviours are abusive – this campaign highlights what it is and that it can happen to anyone in our communities. You First is an integrated service and offers support for people experiencing sexual abuse and are soon opening a counselling service to support people referred to the team.”
In an emergency, dial 999. If you would like to speak to someone out of hours, the National Domestic Violence Helpline number is 0808 2000 247.