This week is #SafeguardingAdultsWeek we wanted to raise awareness of a particular aspect of abuse; relationship abuse.
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) launched a video ‘Don’t Disappear’ to raise awareness of relationship abuse. The film ‘Don’t Disappear’ tells the story of Jamie and Emma; from the seemingly loving early stages of their relationship, to the development of coercive and controlling behaviours such as jealousy and possessiveness, control, love bombing and isolation.
While anyone of any age can be a victim of coercive control, the video is targeted at younger people who have less relationship experience and people who are at the beginning of a relationship. The aim of the video is to raise awareness of the red flags – the early signs of coercive control which at the time, may be missed or misinterpreted as acceptable behaviour in a relationship, and where necessary, signpost people to support.
You can find the video on the Victims First Facebook page @victimsfirstTV and @TV_PCC on Twitter and YouTube https://youtu.be/d6rt8w5HBWw.
‘Victims First’ supports victims and witnesses of crime across the Thames Valley and is managed by the OPCC. Its reassuring to know that there is confidential help, you are not alone. To view more information and find out how you can get help please view the Victim’s First website here: https://www.victims-first.org.uk/crime-info/guidance-and-support/coercive-control/