A powerful campaign to tackle domestic abuse across Tamworth has been hailed as a massive success after around 500 people attended 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 on Saturday, 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 the former Clark’s shop in Ankerside on Tuesday, February 10 to raise awareness of domestic abuse, as well as giving out general advice on many aspects of personal safety.
The event attracted around 500 visitors.
Representatives from a number of organisations including Tamworth Borough Council, the Community Safety team, Police, Fire & Rescue, Tamworth Street Angels, Health Watch, Nash Dom, T3 drug and alcohol service and the Pathway Project were on hand throughout the day to give help and advice.
Six of those who went along to the event had themselves experienced domestic abuse.
Two of them said they were very grateful for the help and support they had been given and two wanted to volunteer to help other victims of domestic abuse.
Cllr Stephen Doyle, Cabinet member for Communities & Public Health: “The prevention of domestic and sexual 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.
“I am delighted that so many people came along to the event and were able to take advantage of this powerful information, as well as picking up general advice on personal safety.
“I am very grateful to all of the partners who took part in this very worthwhile event and those who came along to support it.”
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 Pathways on 01543 676800, as well as reporting the abuse to the police.
Anyone who feels they have a problem with drinking, which is a factor in domestic abuse, can contact Adsis on 0844 561 7079.