Valentine reminder

It’s Valentine’s Day which for many is a celebration of love but is also a day on which to remember that February 14 will not be a bunch of roses for everyone.

Those in healthy relationships know and respect the fact that love is about caring, respect, equality and sharing.

They also recognise that love is not controlling or being violent towards a partner or a host of other types of behaviour that Broxtowe Women’s Project hears about all the time.

To help those affected by domestic abuse recognise that they are not in a healthy relationship and to encourage them to seek help, BWP has scheduled a series of social media posts which identify abusive behaviour.

The number of calls that BWP takes proves that domestic abuse is an issue for scores of women in the borough and given that research has shown that on average high-risk victims live with domestic abuse for 2.3 years before getting help (SafeLives (2015), Insights Idva National Dataset 2013-14. Bristol: SafeLives) there will be many more.

Sarah Dagley, Business and Fundraising Manager for BWP, says: “Valentine’s Day can be a stark reminder to those in abusive relationships about their situation.

“We hope that by sending out brief messages we might encourage women to think about their situation, recognise that they are being abused, accept that they are not to blame and get help and support.”

BWP starts its “Love isn’t” posts on Valentine’s day.

Anyone is welcome to call the BWP helpline, including those who want to help a friend or family member. The number is 01773 719111.