PCC supports 'This is Abuse' campaign

The ‘This is Abuse’ campaign, aimed primarily at 13-18 year olds, was launched today by the Home Office (5/12).

The campaign highlights that any abuse in a relationship is not acceptable and encourages teenagers to re-think their views of violence, abuse, controlling behaviour and what consent means within their relationships

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, is supporting this campaign and would encourage any teenager who needs help to visit www.thisisabuse.direct.gov.uk

Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley said:

“This campaign, aimed at teenagers, is an important campaign to highlight that abuse in a relationship is not normal or acceptable.

“It’s not just physical violence, like punching or kicking, that makes a relationship abusive – if you are threatened with violence, have no say over what you wear or who you see or speak to, or are constantly criticised, it is still abuse.

“Abuse can also come in the form of pressurising someone to have sex or take part in sexual activity. Sex with someone who doesn’t want to, or someone who has not given their consent and permission, is rape. It does not make a difference whether the people know each other or not, or what relationship they have.

“It is important to me that all victims of crime get the support they need, including young people, which is why I have been working with SAFE! to hold a focus group with young victims of crime, which was held this week.

“From October next year I will be receiving money to fund victim services in the Thames Valley and I will shortly commission a piece of work which will identify the range of practical and emotional needs arising from having been a victim of crime. The findings from this needs assessment will inform the process of commissioning appropriate victims services.

“If you need some support getting out of an abusive relationship or just want to talk to someone visit the ‘This is Abuse’ website www.thisisabuse.direct.gov.uk.

“There is also guidance for parents and carer’s of teenagers. If you would like a copy of the Home Office leaflet on violence and abuse in teenage relationships please contact my office.”

ENDS

Notes

Parents and Carer's can request a copy of the Home Office leaflet on violence and abuse in teenager relationships by:

Email: pcc@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

Tel: 01865 846780

 

SAFE! supports young people ( 8 – 25 year olds) in Oxfordshire who have been harmed by crime.

For more information visit:

http://www.safeproject.org.uk/index.php

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