Woking Borough Council
Civic OfficesGloucester SquareWokingSurreyGU21 6YL
Telephone: 01483 755855
11 October 2013
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With over 12,000 domestic abuse incidents reported in 2012, Surrey residents are being asked to think about their personal relationships this week, in an attempt to spot the signs of a relationship that could turn abusive.
Domestic Abuse Awareness Week, which starts Monday (14 October 2013), aims to raise awareness of the help available in Surrey if you are in an abusive or potentially abusive relationship.
This year's theme is `Healthy Relationships' prompting people to choose the words that best describe their relationship. Descriptions like controlling, dishonest or pressurised can be a sign that the relationship is less healthy and could later involve sexual or physical violence.
Although people of all ages are urged to think about their relationships, the theme is particularly aimed at young people for whom new technology poses an additional threat by enabling people to control their partners and family members using smart phones and social media.
Fiamma Pather, Operations Manager at yourSanctuary, explains: "Young people find it harder to escape an abusive partner as the abuse will often continue online through a Facebook page or because their mobile phone has been tracked. Understanding the difference between a healthy and an unhealthy relationship is the first step in avoiding this type of abuse."
Cllr Beryl Hunwicks, Woking Borough Council's Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, said: "Domestic abuse affects many people across all social classes, age groups, ethnic background and can happen at any time in a relationship. By talking about domestic abuse we can raise awareness of the support available and work together to encourage victims to speak out and break the cycle of abuse."
Jon Savell, Detective Superintendent at Surrey Police, said: "It is a sad fact that Surrey Police gets approximately 1,000 reports a month relating to domestic abuse. That being said, I would like more people to report domestic abuse, if they are experiencing it. Domestic abuse is socially unacceptable and no one should have to experience abuse at the hands of their partner. The police's role is to protect the lives of both adults and children who are at risk as a result of domestic abuse; and investigate all reports of domestic abuse thoroughly."
Events will take place across the Borough to raise awareness, not only of the help and support available to victims, but also the advice and information concerned family members, neighbours, close friends or work colleagues can access. Events will take place at:
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse.
Call the confidential yourSanctuary Surrey 24 hour domestic abuse helpline on 01483 776822 or visit www.yoursanctuary.co.uk
To report domestic abuse call Surrey Police on 101. In an emergency always dial 999. Visit www.surrey.police.uk to report online.
You can give information anonymously about a crime by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or by visiting: www.crimestoppers-uk.org
You can also contact Surrey's local outreach services for support, advice and access to specialist services. Visit www.surreyagainstda.info for full details.
A list of events taking place across the county during the awareness week will be available at www.surreyagainstda.info
Details for Surrey local outreach services:
East Surrey Outreach: 01737 771350
Serving Reigate and Banstead, Mole Valley and Tandridge
yourSanctuary Outreach: 01483 776822
Serving Woking, Runnymede and Surrey Heath
North Surrey Outreach: 01932 260690
Serving Epsom and Ewell, Elmbridge, Spelthorne
South West Surrey Outreach: 01483 577392
Serving Guildford and Waverley