Is it 'True Love' or is it
Hertfordshire is aiming to raise awareness amongst young
people about domestic abuse and what makes a healthy
Young people from schools across Hertfordshire helped to get the
message out by writing radio scripts for an advert that was
broadcast on radio station Jack FM.
Traditionally, domestic abuse campaigns are aimed at adults, but it
isn’t just an adult issue – young people can be both victims and
perpetrators. Hertfordshire wants to raise awareness amongst
young people due to an increasing awareness of issues around
teenage relationships including violence, exploitation - and
emotional abuse using social media.
‘True Love?’ is a campaign aimed at reducing abuse amongst
young people. It was originally launched in November 2012 and was
re-launched for Valentine’s day this year.
Since its launch in November 2012,
police have seen an increase in the number of reported domestic
abuse incidents – particularly amongst the 16 / 17 year old age
group. Figures indicate an increase of 5.3 per cent in reporting
figures for this age group with an overall increase of 11 per cent
for overall crime.
Detective Chief Inspector Clare
Smith from the Harm Reduction Unit based at Hatfield Police station
which investigates cases of domestic abuse, harassment and
stalking, said: “We welcome this increase in reporting figures,
particularly in the 16/ 17 year age group as it indicates that more
people are becoming aware of abuse in relationships and have the
confidence to report it."
To see the True Love presentation,
click HERE. You can use
the 'up' and 'down' arrows on your keyboard to scroll through the
different slides on the presentation.
When the campaign was originally
launched in November 2012, students across the county were invited
to write a script for a radio advert (either individually or in
groups) depicting abuse following one of three themes:
• Abuse between a young
• Young people witnessing abuse at home
• Cyber-abuse – via social media
Recent awareness through the media
and training sessions available to educational establishments will
ensure that awareness of this topic continues to be raised.
If you’ve been affected by abuse:
For information and support around
any kind of abuse, visit www.hertssunflower.org or
088 088 088 10am to 10pm, Monday to Friday. You can also
call Childline on 0800
The campaign has been with support
from the Hertfordshire Safeguarding