A POWERFUL campaign to tackle domestic abuse has been launched across Tamworth – with the message of ‘They love me…They love me not’ printed on stickers displayed all over the borough.
The campaign has been launched by the Community Safety Team at Tamworth Borough Council in partnership with Pathway project, The Soroptimists, Cohort4, Victim Gateway and supported by Tamworth Police.
They love me…They love me not aims encourage people to think about their relationships and support victims to report their abuse.
Over the next two months 3000 stickers bearing the They love me…They love me not message are being distributed in public areas including schools, salons, GP surgeries, bars, restaurants, taxis, buses and other locations across Tamworth, complete with helpline numbers.
Domestic abuse is wide ranging and can affect anyone within a family setting. Nationally two women die each week as a direct result of domestic abuse and a further 200 take their own lives each year when they can see no other way of escape.
Incidents of online grooming, bullying and sexting affecting young women and girls are also on the rise. The Pathway Project works with girls aged 13-25 and an average of 90% of the women it supports have suffered sexual violence of some kind.
Pathway has been supporting victims, male and female; adult or child of domestic abuse since 1991. They provide a range of services including women’s refuge accommodation, a drop in centre, outreach support, children’s services, counselling, legal advice, a 24-hour helpline plus training and volunteering opportunities.
The reduction of risks to vulnerable people, education and awareness about the harm of domestic abuse is a priority for the Community Safety Partnership which has several key aims:
- To challenge underlying attitudes and behaviours through raising awareness
- To break the cycle of abuse and intervene early with those at risk
- To identify and support victims of domestic abuse
- Support action to ensure perpetrators are brought to justice and educated
- Work with other partners to obtain the best outcomes for those affected by domestic abuse and their families.
Also supporting the campaign:
Soroptimist International – a global volunteer organisation with nearly 80,000 members in 124 countries, all working together to transform the lives of women and girls. They strive for principles such as human rights, equality, and advancement of the status of women.
Cohort4 – a peer support organisation for women who are survivors of abuse who join together to support other women by offering social and skill development programmes, training opportunities, outings and events.
Victim Gateway – a free service that provides information, advice or practical and emotional support to all victims of crime in Staffordshire.
With the campaign now launched, abuse awareness sessions will be delivered in high schools and colleges across Tamworth with Teen Spirit and MAC leaders (multi-agency centres).
Cllr Stephen Doyle, the Cabinet member for Communities and Wellbeing, said: “The prevention of domestic and sexual abuse, raising awareness and providing protection and support for victims are vital. This campaign spells out the message that domestic abuse can affect anyone at any time– don’t suffer in silence, help is available for victims.
“Anyone suffering domestic abuse can contact the Pathway Project on 01543 676800, as well as reporting the abuse to the police.”