One of a new series of posters for the End the Fear campaign against domestic violence. They have been produced to raise awareness of the issue in the run up to Christmas. The images have been taken by the Force’s photographers. The Domestic Abuse Helpline is also available to offer support for victims on 0808 2000 247. To access Victim Support’s services you can call, text, email or self-refer. www.victimsupport.org.uk
Dealing with a toxic relationship is hard work, and no survivor can go it alone. If you know someone who is in a toxic relationship, be it with a partner, a parent or someone at work, I can assure you they can use some help. What I have also learned from experience, is that not all help – however well-intended – is in fact helpful.
Victims are often reluctant to report a sexual assault for a number of reasons, such as fear of retaliation, shame, guilt, embarrassment, fear that they will not be believed and lack of support. ~ Corey Cook
Blaming the victim is rarely admitted, but studies indicate it's repeated over & over toward the poor, homeless, people laid off, abused, enslaved, brutalized, raped, victims of war, etc. Studies document victim-blaming - as a way to justify status quo & stereotyping - to increase support for existing social traditions - but without any significant relationship between blame and religion or altruism. See also: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15733206
All domestic abuse is wrong - I genuinely know more men who have been victims of domestic abuse than women, and while the idea of women=victims/men=abusers persists men remain victims. Give Them A Voice is an advocacy foundation, dedicated to raising awarness of the impact and long term effect of sexual abuse on boys as they grow into men. www.noworkingtitle.org