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Love shouldn't hurt

With the focus very much on relationships this Valentine’s Day, we are encouraging those living with abuse, or those with concerns about someone else, to come forward and seek help.

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Domestic abuse can happen in any community, and affects people from all walks of life, regardless of profession, ethnicity, age, gender, sexuality or social background.

If you are suffering from physical, sexual, psychological or financial abuse, or are being threatened, intimidated or stalked by a current or previous partner, or close family member, it’s likely you’re a victim of domestic abuse.

It is important we all take action against controlling, threatening or violent behaviour and give victims the opportunity to seek help.

It is also vital that perpetrators consider their behaviour, and understand the impact their actions have on their partners and families. Help is also available for them.

Detective Chief Inspector Lorraine Coombes, force lead for domestic abuse, said: “Speaking out is the first step in breaking the cycle of domestic abuse.

“It is tough for victims, or even abusers, to talk about what is happening, and we understand how difficult it is for people to report their concerns, but speaking out about abusive behaviour can help someone suffering in an unhealthy relationship, and get them the support they need, before it gets worse.

“If you are living with abuse, or you have concerns for a family member, friend, neighbour, or work colleague, please take the first step and make a report.”

Abuse in any form isn’t acceptable. If you have concerns about a person’s behaviour towards another, or you fear for someone’s safety please get in touch.

Call us on 101, always call 999 in an emergency. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

To find out more information and advice about domestic abuse please visit our information pages.

Victims of domestic abuse can also contact the Signpost Hub for free and confidential support, whether the abuse has been reported or not. The Signpost Hub’s experienced staff and volunteers know what emotions and challenges victims may be going through. They are specially trained to listen and give help and advice. Often just talking to someone, especially one who is not family or a friend, can help victims, or those affected, make sense of what has happened and find a way to help cope and recover

They can provide a safe, neutral place for victims to voice their fears, worries and emotions. Their emotional support is confidential and non-judgemental. They also work with a range of specialist organisations and community support groups and can make referrals to help victims on their journey.

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