V is for Valentine, not violence!
As a supporter of the White Ribbon campaign - which encourages
men to make a stand against violence towards women - St Helens
Council is also
backing the Home Office's This is Abuse campaign.
The government initiative includes TV advertisements featuring
Hollyoaks stars Nikki Sanderson and Jeremy Sheffield in a scene
that highlights how some relationships can be based on abusive,
St Helens Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Housing,
Planning and Community Safety, Councillor Richard McCauley said:
"Domestic abuse isn't just physical.
"Research suggests that many women aren't aware of this sort of
controlling behaviour. The TV ads are a real eye opener -
highlighting the issue and showing how the cycle of abuse can
The council will be using social media to promote a series of
Love is in the air... but not for everyone.
Love shouldn't hurt.
V is for Valentine, not violence.
Facebook and Twitter users will also be encouraged to add a White
Ribbon to their profiles to raise awareness.
"It only takes a minute," said Councillor McCauley, "and the
more people who add a ribbon to their profile picture, the more it
will help to raise awareness of the White Ribbon campaign, which
works to end male violence against women."
The council will also be flying the White Ribbon flag over the
town hall throughout the Valentine week (10 to 16 Fe
bruary) to underline its support.
Although there is no statistical evidence to show an increase in
domestic violence around Valentine's Day, there are several factors
in play that can create problems, such as high expectations and
Domestic violence is a crime that's often hidden and
under-reported. Yet last year there were still 700 incidents of
domestic violence reported to Merseyside Police in St.Helens in
November and December alone.
To support the campaign on Facebook or Twitter, go to http://twibbon.com/support/the-white
-ribbon-campaignand click one, or both of the options, to add a
Twibbon (White Ribbon) to your Twitter or Facebook profile picture.
You will then be asked to log into your social media account and
give permission for the Ribbon to be featured on your profile.
You can also support the campaign by pledging your support:
For help and support regarding domestic violence or abuse -
contact the Independent Domestic Violence Advocate on 01744 743200
or Helena 24 hour refuge & support on 01925 220541
To find out more about abusive behaviour visit http://thisisabuse.direct.gov.uk/