Domestic violence campaign "overwhelming success"

Essex Police has said victims of domestic abuse have come forward as a result of the campaign

Essex Police has said victims of domestic abuse have come forward as a result of the campaign

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ESSEX Police and county council are hailing their online domestic abuse campaign an “overwhelming success.”

Launched on June 9, the two-month campaign sought to heighten the public’s awareness of domestic abuse, aiming to breaks its status as a taboo subject.

Page views of the campaign’s web page over the following two months totalled 10,891 – a 2,048 per cent increase from the previous two months’ 507.

It is also estimated some 1,000 photographs were uploaded onto social media from members of the public, charities, MPs, Euro MPs and celebrities, supporting the #tweetyourfeet #notodomesticabuse campaign.

The campaign has also inspired victims of domestic abuse to come forward and seek help.

One said: “I am aware of the current domestic abuse campaign and seeing how seriously the issue is being taken and the effort to spread the awareness was what inspired me to come forward and ask for help.”

Others have shared their experiences on Facebook and Twitter and another has written a blog.

Essex County Council’s children and families spokesman Councillor Dick Madden said: “The figures are outstanding, I am truly pleased and overwhelmed that not only have we reached so many people, but that survivors and victims have felt empowered to come forward for support because of the campaign.”

Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh added: “The reaction from the people of Essex and beyond has been fantastic.

“Survivors have told us that because of this campaign they have found the courage to leave abusive relationships.

“This has been the biggest campaign of this kind in Essex and I am delighted that it has been such a success, however we are not complacent and will continue to do all we can to raise awareness of domestic abuse and help those in abusive relationships.”

For more information visit www.essex.police.uk/standingtogether

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7:32pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Blind Haze says...

I never thought that domestic abuse was a taboo subject. To me it seems like one of the self righteous campaigns you see on Facebook about sharing posts to raise awareness for cancer. Yeah, because people really don't know that cancer exists. Personally, I had heard of this campaign but I'm no more aware of the topic than I was before.

However, if it's just me then I'll gladly retract my skepticism.
I never thought that domestic abuse was a taboo subject. To me it seems like one of the self righteous campaigns you see on Facebook about sharing posts to raise awareness for cancer. Yeah, because people really don't know that cancer exists. Personally, I had heard of this campaign but I'm no more aware of the topic than I was before. However, if it's just me then I'll gladly retract my skepticism. Blind Haze
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7:37am Sun 10 Aug 14

Gay Ray says...

I think the picture is a bit stereotypical. There are plenty of gentlemen both occasionally and routinely abused by the old hags they have as partners but they tend not to report the abuse.
I think the picture is a bit stereotypical. There are plenty of gentlemen both occasionally and routinely abused by the old hags they have as partners but they tend not to report the abuse. Gay Ray
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2:52pm Sun 10 Aug 14

DAGASMAN says...

Is the attack in the photo unprovoked? I want to know what the woman did to get that response from the bloke, i think theres more to this photo than we are led to believe
Is the attack in the photo unprovoked? I want to know what the woman did to get that response from the bloke, i think theres more to this photo than we are led to believe DAGASMAN
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