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Domestic Abuse

Break the chains

Domestic Abuse film written and made by a serving police officer from Warwickshire police, who works as part of a Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT). Made in his own time. Recited by Gabbii (Thanks!).


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Domestic abuse is a serious and complex issue. It is a crime that can remain largely hidden behind closed doors, leaving victims feeling trapped, powerless and isolated - afraid to say anything in case it makes a bad situation worse.
However, abuse is rarely a one-off event. On average a victim will endure up to 50 assaults before seeking help. The level of abuse is likely to increase over time and could even result in murder.
Experience suggests that friends, families and neighbours are often aware or suspect that something is happening but, for one reason or another, are reluctant to get involved - this is a mistake. Domestic abuse ruins family life and has long term, serious consequences for everyone concerned.

The definition of domestic violence and abuse is:
"Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality".

The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:
• Psychological
• Physical
• Sexual
• Financial
• Emotional
The website provides detailed information about what is domestic abuse and the legal remedies available to victims.

Remember to always to call 999 if you or someone else is in immediate danger.

You can also report domestic abuse in the following ways:
By calling 101.
In person at your local police station.
In person to a police officer.

Help is also available from the following organisations which can be accessed via the links below: (NCDV) - providing legal assistance to obtain civil orders/injunctions. - supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people experiencing domestic violence and abuse. - supporting male victims of domestic violence and abuse. - aiming to stop forced marriage and honour based violence. - national charity for Women and children working to end domestic abuse. - a national domestic violence charity which provides specialist support to women and children who experience domestic violence. In Warwickshire Refuge provides support in four different locations. - (DACS) - provides counselling services for both female and male victims of abuse in Nuneaton, North Warwickshire and Stratford upon Avon and perpetrators of abuse from its Nuneaton office.

Twitter - @PC_SteveCroshaw and @Bedworthcops

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Published 07/03/19