Domestic abuse survivor backs new Dorset Police campaign

Domestic abuse survivor backs new Dorset Police campaign

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:16am 23rd January 2020.

A survivor of domestic abuse is backing Dorset Police's new awareness campaign.

'Danielle' grew up in an abusive environment and says she didn't understand the different kinds of abuse, and the motivation behind it.

'Danielle's story'

"I was brought up in a home riddled with violence, neglect and isolation.  

"I have experienced different types of abuse in adulthood, as well as the feelings of loneliness, fear and hopelessness that comes with it. 

"I didn't understand that abuse wasn't just about broken bones and bruises; I had no awareness around the different types of abuse.  In each case I was in an environment where I had little control.  

"I was left with low self esteem and little confidence."

"Fortunately, with the appropriate support, I was able to regain control of my life, get the help I needed and escape from the abuse.

"I went on to work as an Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) to other victims. It's really important to me to let other sufferers of abuse know that help is available and that your life can change for the better."

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'The campaign' 

Dorset Police are launching a campaign today to raise awareness of coercive and controlling behaviour, and how different forms of abuse are about controlling the victim.

The campaign coincides with the increase in reporting of domestic abuse incidents in January, following the Christmas period.

Superintendent Gemma Morris of Dorset Police, said: 

"Domestic abuse is about one person having power and control over another.

"Abusers can be very subtle, clever and manipulative.  

"The level and type may change and increase over time, often the victim doesn't realise they are being abused.

"Perpetrators can use intimidation, coercion, threats, blackmail and other tools to control their victims.

"Abuse isn't just physical.

"We hope this campaign will encourage people to seek help if they are in an abusive relationship, either from police or one of our partner agencies".  

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For help and advice about domestic abuse, including information about both police and non-police support across Dorset: