A week-long campaign has been launched by Lancashire Constabulary to raise awareness of domestic abuse.
The In Focus – Domestic Abuse behaviour initiative will alert the public about what domestic abuse is, the tell-tale signs and how to get help.
At the end of this week, the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, more widely known as ‘Clare’s Law’ will launch in Lancashire.
This will allow people to formally enquire about someone that they are in an intimate relationship with, or who is in a relationship with someone they know, and there is a concern that the individual may be abusive.
Detective Chief Inspector Sue Cawley said: “We know that many people assume that domestic abuse is just about violence, but it covers any type of physical, sexual, psychological or financial violence and control.
“We want people to know that this often hidden crime can affect anyone, regardless of social background, age, gender, religion, sexuality or ethnic background.”
Throughout the awareness week, tweets and Facebook messages will feature on the Constabulary’s accounts which link in with the current ‘Take the Step’ campaign being promoted by Lancashire Constabulary and the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner, Clive Grunshaw.
It also links into monthly multi-agency meetings on the matter that run throughout the county.
There were 4,912 domestic abuse incidents reported between April 2013 and January 2014, compared to 5,001 incidents reported between April 2013 and January 2013.
DCI Crawley said the problem is often under-reported, and takes around 35 incidents before victims contact police.