North Wales supports Teen Relationship Abuse CampaignPhotograph of the campaign poster

13/02/2013

North Wales Police and partners are supporting a national campaign aimed at raising awareness of abusive relationships.

 

Led by the Home Office, the Teenage Relationship Abuse Campaign, which is aimed at preventing young people from becoming victims and perpetrators of abuse, is being re-launched to encourage them to re-think their views of violence, abuse or controlling behaviour in relationships and directs them to places for help and advice.

 

The campaign will be targeting girls and boys aged 13 to 18-years-old. It will also seek to reach parents and carers who may become aware of an abusive relationship.

 

Detective Superintendent John Hanson from North Wales Police’ Public Protection Unit said: “By supporting this national campaign, North Wales Police is sending out a message of reassurance – that we and other organisations are here to offer help, advice and support to any young person who finds him or herself suffering violence or abuse.

 

“Any form of abuse in a relationship is unacceptable – be it physical or psychological. Young people need to know that if they are in an abusive situation help and guidance is available. No one should suffer in silence or feel afraid to speak out. It is also important to make young people aware that if they know of someone else being abused or abusing that they should not be afraid to speak out.

 

He added: “By working closely with our partners young people can be confident we will always take seriously - and investigate thoroughly - any reports and we will take the strongest action possible against perpetrators.”

 

Jenny Williams, Director of Social Services, Conwy County Borough Council and the Regional Lead for Safeguarding said, “Local Authorities in North Wales welcome the campaign to raise awareness about this very serious issue, which is on the increase. By working closely together, agencies can make sure young people have access to the right help and advice should they need it at any time.” 

 

Paula Hardy, Chief Executive of Welsh Women's Aid, said: “Welsh Women's Aid welcomes the Home Office's decision to re-run its campaign aiming at preventing abuse in teenage relationships. Statistics show that 16- and 17-year-old girls are the most at-risk of experiencing domestic abuse from a partner or ex-partner. This abuse includes not only physical violence but also controlling behaviour, psychological, emotional, financial or sexual abuse.

“We have seen an increase in recent years in the numbers of young women accessing our services as a result of experiencing domestic abuse within their own relationships. Campaigns like this are absolutely vital in order to send out a strong message that abuse is completely unacceptable and that help is at hand if you are experiencing abuse, if you think you might be, or if you're worried about someone close to you.”

“Anyone affected by domestic abuse or sexual violence in Wales can call the ‘All Wales Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence Helpline’ on 0808 80 10 800 for 24/7, bilingual, confidential information and support.”

 

Posters and hard hitting television, radio and online adverts will be released to highlight the campaign, which are available via the This is Abuse website

 

If you are suffering, or know of someone who is being abused or abusing please contact North Wales Police on 101. In an emergency always dial 999.

 

Help is also available via the All Wales Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence website

 

Advice and Guidance is also available here

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