Domestic abuse isn’t always obvious…

Posted by on Jul 26, 2011 in Domestic abuse, Latest news | No Comments

A series of video clips have been launched to help dispel myths and stereotypes some people hold about what domestic abuse is.

Many people think domestic abuse is when a husband abuses their wife but the fact is it’s not always that obvious.

And now safe & sound, Dudley’s community safety partnership has launched a series of video clips to highlight that domestic abuse can happen whether you’re young, old, male, female, gay or straight.

Sometimes the abuse is committed by a partner but it can even be by another relative or a carer.

The partnership is encouraging Dudley residents to recognise and report abuse where it often goes unnoticed.

The clips show a male, gay and Asian female victim, all played by actors, talking about the abuse they’ve suffered.  An additional clip shows a perpetrator talking about how they need help for abuse they’ve committed

To view the videos visit www.dudleysafeandsoundcampaign.org/abuse 

Councillor Adrian Turner, cabinet member for community safety, said:

“Domestic abuse is a serious issue and one which we take a hard line on, no matter what the background is of the victim or perpetrator.

“It is important for those who suffer from domestic abuse to know there are people who can and want to help.  There are no excuses.  Domestic abuse is a crime and once the first step is taken there is often a positive outcome.”

Domestic abuse is a crime and can be reported by calling 0121 626 8078. In an emergency, dial 999.

ENDS

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Notes to editor

About safe & sound

safe & sound formed in 1998 and is made up of public sector and voluntary organisations covering Dudley borough.  By actively working together it aims

to reduce crime and disorder, as well as improve the availability, capacity and effectiveness of treatment for drug and alcohol misuse.

Partners include Aquarius, Dudley Council, Dudley Council for Voluntary Services, West Midlands Police Authority, Government Office West Midlands, National Offender Management Service, Dudley Primary Care Trust and Dudley Group of Hospitals, West Midlands Fire Service, West Midlands Police and Cranstoun and CRI who provide drug treatment services

For more information contact: Louise Kavanagh, Marketing and communications 01384 816050

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