Domestic abuse causes harm to both adults and children, both directly and indirectly and has a lasting impact. National intelligence shows that the scale & impact of domestic abuse in the UK is extensive. It is also well known that the underreporting of domestic abuse is an international problem. In 2013 alone there were over 26,000 incidents of domestic abuse reported to the police in Essex. If, as the national survey data suggests, only 21% of domestic abuse is reported to the police then the true extent of the problem could be more in region of 125,000 incidents.
Studies show that one of the main reasons that victims don’t disclose is the lack of awareness that their relationship is in fact abusive, especially in relation to psychological and emotional abuse. There are many local and national organisations that can provide support and advice. Equally, don’t be afraid to talk to others such as health professionals, teachers, housing officers and social workers who can help you to get the right support.
The circumstances surrounding domestic abuse are often complex. But you don't have to face domestic violence on your own. Click here for a list of local and national organisations that can offer support and can help to protect you.
A new campaign raising awareness of domestic abuse in Essex, Southend and Thurrock and the support available for victims was launched in February 2016.
The ‘#TogetherWeCan campaign aims to break the stigma of domestic abuse by getting people to talk about it and show their support on social media.
It will demonstrate that tackling domestic abuse takes the efforts of a range of partners and the will of entire communities, and provide people experiencing or witnessing domestic abuse with information and guidance on the support available local to them via the Essex Victims Gateway.
For more information about the campaign, please click here.