Police launch campaign to raise awareness of violence in teens

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE Police is supporting a Home Office campaign launched to prevent teenagers from becoming victims of abusive relationships.

It encourages teenagers to re-think their views of violence, abuse or controlling behaviour in relationships and directs them to places for help and advice.

The campaign is aimed at boys and girls aged 13 to 18 and raises awareness about what is acceptable while highlighting messages such as: Abuse in relationships is not normal or acceptable; It’s not just physical violence, like punching or kicking, that makes a relationship abusive ; Abuse is never OK ; Help is available.

A series of TV adverts will be aired from today which have been put together by the Home Office in conjunction with music channel MTV.

Supt Helen Chamberlain, Head of Public Protection at Nottinghamshire Police said: “Teenagers can be just as much at risk of abuse in their relationships as adults are. The difference is that they sometimes don’t have the experience to know what is acceptable and what isn’t.

“That is why this campaign is so important – so we can educate young people at an age where they may be vulnerable and easily manipulated.

“I hope teenagers take the time to look at the advice and support so they can feel confident in their relationships.”

Crime Prevention Minister Jeremy Browne said: “Sadly, emotional abuse is surprisingly common in teenage relationships with 75 per cent of girls and 50 per cent of boys reporting that they have experienced it.”

The launch coincides with One Billion Rising, an event that draws together a billion women across the globe in a show of collective strength against violence.

Anyone who is suffering abuse can contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101.