A new campaign designed to help make it easier for people experiencing domestic abuse to get support has been launched by Derbyshire County Council.
Posters featuring a footprint made out of eggshells and asking the question ‘Are you tired of walking on eggshells?’ are being put up around the county, addressing the feeling many people may identify with if they’re in an abusive relationship.
The posters – along with leaflets, stickers and business cards, feature a free, 24-hour helpline that people suffering from domestic abuse can call for support and information – 0800 0198 668.
Abuse is not always physical and can come in many forms including emotional, financial, psychological, sexual and so-called ‘honour-based violence’.
The new campaign aims to get people to question whether they are in an abusive relationship by thinking about how they normally feel and if they need to tip-toe around their partner for fear of a bad reaction.
Derbyshire police received more than 12,300 reports of domestic abuse in 2015 and nationally 1 in 5 children have been exposed to some form of domestic abuse.
Derbyshire County Council cabinet member for health and communities Councillor Dave Allen, said: “The new campaign aims to encourage people who may feel anxious, nervous or scared in their relationship to speak up and access the support that’s available. Even if that means picking up the phone and talking to someone about your situation in the first instance – it’s important to know you’re not alone.”
The campaign is funded by the county council and Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner to help make people aware of the Derbyshire Domestic Abuse A launch event for the campaign was held at County Hall, Matlock, where local domestic abuse support services and professionals gathered to discuss best practice and share information.
The event was opened with a speech from Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa, and featured a number of information stalls. Residents can call the free confidential domestic abuse support line on 08000 198668 or visit: www.saferderbyshire.gov.uk/our-priorities/domestic-abuse.