A POWERFUL campaign to tackle domestic abuse across Tamworth has been hailed as a big success, after more than 250 people came along to a drop-in awareness event.
The campaign – bearing the message It’s Never OK – was launched by the Tamworth Community Safety Partnership to coincide with Valentine’s Day, as figures show a significant increase in the number of incidents of domestic abuse and sexual violence around February 14.
It’s Never OK had two aims – to challenge perpetrators of domestic abuse and encourage victims to report their abuse. Posters bearing the It’s Never OK message were put up in pubs, clubs and other venues across Tamworth, complete with helpline numbers.
The Tamworth Community Safety Partnership organised a drop-in event in Ankerside Shopping Centre on Tuesday February 14 to raise awareness of domestic abuse, as well as giving out general advice on many aspects of personal safety. The event attracted around more than 250 visitors.
Representatives from nine partner organisations were on hand throughout the day to give help and advice on domestic abuse and wider safety issues. Partners taking part in the event were Tamworth Borough Council Community Safety team, Housing and Community Wardens, The Pathway Project, Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service, Staffordshire Police, Smart Alert, Staffordshire County Council Children’s Services, Library Service and Healthwatch Staffordshire.
Cllr Stephen Doyle, Cabinet member for Communities & Public Health: “The prevention of domestic abuse, raising awareness, protection for victims and education for perpetrators are vital. This campaign spells out the message that domestic abuse is never OK – and that help is available to both victims and perpetrators.”
He added: “The drop-in day was a great way of getting partners together to support each other and those coming in for help and advice, to work out ways of increasing partnerships to create awareness of domestic abuse and to find new ways of promoting personal safety.
“If only one person took the helpline number for the Pathway Project and receives support, then it will have been an incredibly valuable event.
“We would like to thank all the partners who took part in the event – and particularly to Ankerside, who provided the unit free of charge for the event and were very helpful.”
The Respect Helpline is a confidential service for perpetrators of domestic abuse, which offers information and support to help perpetrators change their behaviour. It can be contacted on 0808 802 4040.
Anyone suffering domestic abuse can contact the Pathway Project on 01543 676800, as well as reporting the abuse to the police.
Anyone who feels they have a problem with drinking, which is often a factor in domestic abuse, can contact One Recovery on 01827 311505.