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Could you spot relationship abuse?

18th March 2013
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The Home Office has just released a new phase of campaigning that aims to prevent teenagers from becoming victims and perpetrators of abusive relationships. It encourages teenagers to re-think their views of violence, abuse or controlling behaviour in relationships and directs them to places for help and advice.

The campaign’s main message is that abuse in relationships is not normal or acceptable, and if you are in an abusive relationship it’s not your fault - and you don’t have to stand for it.

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 and it is never ok. Blaming abuse on anger, jealousy, alcohol or the other person’s behaviour is not right.

If you need some support getting out of an abusive relationship visit www.direct.gov.uk/thisisabuse, where you can go to get further information and advice on these issues.

The website provides information if you are in heterosexual and same sex relationships,
and for male as well as female victims. The site contains an online (moderated) discussion forum where young people can comment on the videos and share their experiences, as well as further information and advice on the subject of relationship abuse and details of where people can go for further help.

So if you are victim of abuse do not wait or hesitate - go to www.direct.gov.uk/thisisabuse




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