Dorset's Teenagers told NOT to Suffer in Silence
8:41am 14th February 2013
(Updated 12:15pm 14th February 2013)
Teenagers in abusive relationships are being encouraged to speak out.
Dorset's Police and Crime Commissioner, Martyn Underhill, is supporting the 'This is Abuse' campaign.
The government campaign wants to get teenagers to rethink their views of what is an acceptable in a relationship and directs them to places for help and advice.
Martyn said: "Many teenagers don't realise that domestic abuse can include intimidating and controlling behaviour and often don't approach adults for help."
"Domestic abuse can be in many different forms, not just physical harm."
"It is difficult for young people who are not used to being in a relationship to recognise the way their partner is behaving towards them is actually abuse and is not acceptable."
Every minute in the UK the Police receives a call for help for relationship abuser.
Anyone affected by domestic violence can seek advice from Poundbury based Dorset charity You First. You can also contact them on freephone number 0800 032 5204
You can also try Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline on 0808 2000 247.