‘This is Abuse’ campaign gets police backing

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A campaign to help teenagers who suffer abuse was launched on Thursday.

The ‘This is Abuse’ campaign, aimed primarily at 13-18 year olds, highlights that any abuse in a relationship is not acceptable and encourages teenagers to re-think their views of violence, abuse, controlling behaviour and what consent means within their relationships.

Anthony Stansfeld, The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, is supporting the campaign encouraging teenagers who need help to visit www.thisisabuse.direct.gov.uk

Mr Stansfeld said:“This is an important campaign to highlight that abuse in a relationship is not normal or acceptable.

“It’s not just physical violence, like punching or kicking, that makes a relationship abusive – if you are threatened with violence, have no say over what you wear or who you see or speak to, or are constantly criticised, it is still abuse.

“Abuse can also come in the form of pressurising someone to have sex or take part in sexual activity. Sex with someone who doesn’t want to, or someone who has not given their consent and permission, is rape.

“It does not make a difference whether the people know each other or not, or what relationship they have.

“It is important that all victims of crime get the support they need, including young people, which is why I have been working with SAFE! to hold a focus group with young victims of crime.

“If you need support getting out of an abusive relationship or just want to talk to someone visit the ‘This is Abuse’ website www.thisisabuse.direct.gov.uk.