Counsellors helping young people in South Holland scarred by physical abuse are backing a new campaign raising awareness of the issue.
This is Abuse is targeted at young people across the county through schools and youth groups with the help of a new poster campaign launched by Lincolnshire Police, security firm G4S and Lincolnshire County Council.
Young people are invited to design a poster aimed at 15 to 18-year-olds, encouraging them to seek help and support if they are in an abusive relationship.
Jenny Tedbury, executive director of The Lighthouse Community in Spalding which runs a network of homes for young women with personal and domestic issues, said: “In my experience of working with young people, I have seen on many occasions those who have found themselves in abusive relationships.
“Sometimes they don’t recognise it as abuse but even if they do, they often feel there is no way out or no help available so they stay within that situation which can have devastating long-term effects.
“This new initiative to raise awareness is very worthwhile as it will help them recognise abuse and let them know how to access support.
“Using young people to help deliver the message is a really good way of having a greater impact as it will have more credibility with the target audience.”
Lynn Mitchell, manager of Boston Women’s Aid which holds weekly drop-ins in Spalding and Holbeach, said: “In previous years, we have visited many secondary schools in South Holland to raise awareness of domestic abuse with young people.
“So I am pleased that the council, police and G4S will be continuing this vital work.
“During 2012-13, 50 women and 80 children were admitted to our safe houses and a large number of the children fell into the 15-18 age group.”
Karen Shooter, the council’s domestic abuse manager, said: “Young people shouldn’t have to put up with abuse and it’s important they know there is help out there.”
For more details about the campaign, call Karen on 01522 554509 or email firstname.lastname@example.org