Posted: Wednesday 14th February 2018
A Valentine’s Day message to victims of domestic abuse in Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire’s Domestic Abuse Partnership are reminding residents that Valentine’s Day is not all chocolates and roses for everyone and we’re reaching out to those people currently being affected by domestic abuse to say love doesn’t have to hurt; help is available in Hertfordshire.
In the last year there have been 16,554 reported incidents of domestic abuse in Hertfordshire, and over the last two years we have seen an increase in the number of reported incidents during February and March. This Valentine’s Day, if someone you love or who says they love and care for you is hurting or controlling you, that’s not right and that’s not love.
Domestic Abuse isn’t just about violent behaviour and it can affect anyone, no matter your gender, age, race, religion or sexual preference. Abuse can be physical, but it can also be emotional, someone using words to worry, frighten or control you; it can also be about money, whether it’s the household income or using your own money to control what happens in your day to day life or make you do things you aren’t comfortable doing. Abuse comes in a variety of forms and perpetrators can even be anyone including family members, friends or carers.
Our Herts Sunflower website is a helpful local resource for anyone who is suffering domestic abuse or worried about someone they know who they think may be being abused. www.hertssunflower.org has been designed in collaboration with victims of domestic abuse, professionals, domestic abuse specialists and community groups to get you the right support when you need it.
If you or someone you know is being affected by domestic abuse, please visit www.hertssunflower.org
or speak to someone from the Herts Domestic Abuse helpline for help, advice and support on 08 088 088 088 (open weekdays 9am-9pm and weekends 9am-4pm). In an emergency situation, always call 999.