Statistics revealed as part of a North West campaign being launched ahead of Valentine’s Day show 90 per cent of domestic abuse incidents are witnessed by children.
The initiative which will be running across areas in Cheshire, Merseyside and Lancashire is asking people to wear the ‘Be a Lover not a Fighter’ badge and offer another to a friend or family member in a bid to encourage people to talk about the problem and know what they should do to help.
Lancashire County Coun Julie Gibson said: “We want to do all we can to put an end to domestic abuse across Lancashire, and the Be a Lover, Not A Fighter campaign will play an important part in this. The campaign is all about getting people to talk about domestic abuse, and aims to start conversations all over Lancashire about how it affects people and their families. We also want people who use social media to share the hearthands and logo to help spread the Be a Lover, Not a Fighter message.
“Abuse comes in all forms. It’s not just physical violence it can be emotional too involving threatening or controlling behaviour. It can affect anyone, and has a particularly long-lasting effect on children and young people if they are victims of abuse or witness it. We want people to bring the issue out into the open so we can work together to tackle domestic abuse in our county for good.”
For more information visit: www.lovernotfighter.org.uk