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Police Questionnaire To Tackle Domestic Abuse
3:31pm 13th February 2013
Cornwall's asked "Is This Love"... or domestic abuse?
Pirate FM has learnt police went to over 26,000 incidents last year.
Now an online questionnaire has been set up to help people recognise danger signs.
Devon and Cornwall Commissioner Tony Hogg said: "Domestic abuse is a crime that is usually hidden inside the family circle and is often unseen. It constitutes at least 25% of all recorded crime, is frequently alcohol-related and subjects the region to millions of pounds in collateral costs.
"My aim is to provide an environment that encourages more reporting, and to recognise the many specialist charities and mechanisms dedicated to working together to prevent this crime."
It is thought that there needs to be at least 35 incidents in the home before a family member decides to speak out.
Claire Brown from SAFE (Stop Abuse For Everyone) created the quiz and explained: "We wanted to create a simple and accessible resource to help people analyse their relationships with partners, friends and family members and find out whether certain behaviour could be abusive.
"We know that people who have experienced abuse for many years, or have grown up in a violent environment, do not always consider certain behaviour as abusive, so it is crucial that we raise awareness of what is acceptable and not acceptable in a relationship - and at Valentine's Day, a time for love and affection, this is particularly poignant".
Detective Chief Inspector of the Public Protection Unit, from Devon and Cornwall Police, Mike West said: "Domestic Abuse is something that comes in a number of different forms and can be experienced by anyone.
"Devon & Cornwall Police and their partners are only too aware of the effect that the various forms of controlling behaviour, including physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse can have, and that is why we're encouraging people to recognise the signs of abuse within and outside of their own relationships in order that victims, potential victims and their families can be protected and supported by our specially trained resources.
"The quiz, which can be found on our website, via Twitter and Facebook pages, helps to identify those that may be at risk of abuse, and can provide important information and guidance regarding how the Police, their partner agencies, and friends and families can help those that are most at risk."
Devon and Cornwall Police provide help, support and advice 24 hours a day via specially trained domestic abuse officers.
In an emergency call 999 or for non -emergencies call 101; email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.devon-cornwall.pnn.police.uk for more information.
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