Standing Together Against Domestic Abuse
Standing Together Against Domestic Abuse is the largest ever Essex wide domestic abuse campaign.
It is supported by Essex Police, Essex County Council, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Thurrock Council, Safer Places, the Police and Crime Commissioner and everyone in Essex who wants to raise awareness of domestic abuse and help prevent the harm that often results.
There’s lots of information, including a short film, on the Essex Police website here about domestic abuse and how both the police and partner agencies, including specialist support groups, can help victims and survivors to leave an abusive relationship or stay safe within one.
Nick Alston, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: “I fully support this campaign which aims to break the taboos around domestic abuse and ensure more people are prepared to talk about it and address the risk and harm it causes. We need earlier intervention to challenge power imbalances in relationships to prevent harm from occurring. Sometimes that early intervention will be by Essex Police, and sometimes it will involve some of our outstanding support organisations such as Safer Places.
“We’ve put money from the PCC New Initiatives Fund into innovative projects such as Cut It Out in Braintree, training hairdressers in how to signpost victims of domestic abuse towards support services. Through the pan-Essex Domestic Abuse Strategy Board, we’re improving the flow of information between police, probation services, the NHS, voluntary organisations and councils, and also increasing the number of specialist Independent Domestic Violence Advisors across our county.
“Please let’s all ‘stand together’ against domestic abuse, and consider tweeting a picture of your feet to say #NoToDomesticAbuse.”