Local councils, Lancashire Police, support agencies, the NHS and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner have come together to create the #noexcuseforabuse campaign.
The campaign aims to raise awareness and understanding of domestic abuse, the help and support available to victims and perpetrators and how and where people can report their concerns.
There is no ‘them and us’ when we’re thinking about victims and survivors of domestic abuse – they are our friends, our family, our neighbours and our colleagues.
With this in mind, the people of Lancashire are being asked to support the campaign by:
- Recognising that anyone can be affected by domestic abuse and it can happen in all types of relationships – couples, parents, grandparents or wider family members
- Being aware that domestic abuse isn’t just physical – it can be emotional, physical, sexual, financial or controlling behaviour
- Understanding that there’s no excuse for abuse – whatever the circumstances
- Trusting your instincts – if something you’ve seen or heard doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t
- Knowing where to find the help and support agencies in Lancashire – visit www.noexcuseforabuse.co.uk
- Reporting to the police if you’re worried about someone – you can report online at lancashire.police.uk/reportcrime or by calling 101 or, if someone is at risk of immediate harm, dial 999
Angie Ridgwell, Chair of the Strategic Coordination Group of the Lancashire Resilience Forum and Chief Executive of Lancashire County Council said: “All organisations who are part of the #noexcuseforabuse campaign are committed to keeping people safe and protecting those people who need help.
“Support services remain open for people who may be experiencing domestic abuse; they are ready and waiting to help you.
“There are a range of local agencies that can provide information, advice and support to people experiencing abuse, those who are abusing others and concerned members of the community.”
Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw added: “Domestic abuse is unacceptable and I am proud to support this campaign to share that message loud and clear.
“We know that children are present in many of the domestic abuse incidents our officers attend and the long-term damage this can do is immeasurable.
“People need to know that local services across Lancashire are ready to support them during the pandemic and beyond and this campaign is highlighting that information.”
Detective Chief Inspector Mike Gladwin of Lancashire Constabulary’s Public Protection Unit and Chair of the Pan Lancashire Domestic Abuse Steering Group commented: “We are committed to keeping people safe and protecting those people who need our help.
“We want people to feel safe in their homes and our Neighbourhood Policing Teams are working hard along with our partners to prevent harm and ensure support is there during these challenging times.
“There’s simply no excuse for abuse in our county and as such I’d urge anyone who is worried about someone they know to report their concerns online at lancashire.police.uk/reportcrime or by calling 101 or, if someone is at risk of immediate harm, dialling 999.”
For more information about the #noexcuseforabuse campaign and details of the help and support agencies in Lancashire, visit: www.noexcuseforabuse.co.uk
The campaign is part of the Lancashire Resilience Forum’s countywide response during COVID-19. The Forum is an established group that works closely during ‘business as usual’ times and then comes together whenever there is an emergency situation in the county. The organisations, Forums, Boards and Partnerships involved in the #noexcuseforabusecampaign:
Blackburn with Darwen Council
Children’s Safeguarding Board
Fylde Coast Women’s Aid
Lancashire County Council
Lancashire Domestic Abuse Service Forum
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service
Lancashire Refuges and Safenet
Lancashire Victim Services
NHS Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre CCG
NHS Chorley and South Ribble CCG
NHS East Lancashire CCG
NHS England and Improvement
NHS Greater Preston CCG
NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System
NHS Morecambe Bay CCG
NHS West Lancashire NHS
North West Ambulance NHS Trust
Pan Lancashire Domestic Abuse Steering Group
Pendle Domestic Violence Initiative
Police and Crime Commissioner
Preston Domestic Violence services
Probation Service Lancashire
Progress Housing Association
Public Health England North West
Ribble Valley Council
South Ribble Council
The Wish Centre
Violence Reduction Network
West Lancashire Council