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Is This Love Campaigns Asks Young People To Question if Their Relationships are Healthy

Published: 18th February 2015 10:00

Young people in Portsmouth are urged to search 'Is This Love Portsmouth' to find out more about healthy relationships. Domestic abuse accounts for almost a third of violence in Portsmouth and recent research suggests it could cost the city as much as £27.9million per annum. Domestic Abuse is still hugely under reported with most people experiencing approximately 35 incidents of abuse before they seek help.

The ' Is This Love?' campaign run by the Safer Portsmouth Partnership is aimed at the city's 14-24 year olds - those who are most likely to suffer abuse in their relationships - to raise awareness of the signs of abuse in relationships.

The campaign includes work with schools including the Priory, St Edmunds, Miltoncross, King Richards, Admiral Lord Nelson School, Harbour School Tipner, Harbour School Fratton, Mayfield and Portsmouth Academy for Girls and colleges including Portsmouth and Highbury. The aftermath of Valentine's day is a great time to think about what makes a healthy relationship and raise awareness of healthy and unhealthy behaviours.

Chair of the Safer Portsmouth Partnership, Councillor Robert New said, "Domestic abuse is a key priority for the Safer Portsmouth Partnership and we are pleased that our domestic abuse service, is the first in the country to be reaccredited with CAADA's Leading Lights accreditation, the national and highest mark of quality for domestic abuse services. In addition to providing support services, we need to continue raise awareness that possessive and controlling behaviour is also abuse. We want people to recognise abusive behaviours in relationships early on, by talking about these harmful behaviours openly we can educate a new generation of young people in Portsmouth who may be embarking on relationships for the first time.

"We are encouraging young people to take our healthy relationship quiz and learn to recognise possessive and controlling behaviour early on and learn how to get help if they need it. The good news is that help is available for those being abused and those being abusive in their relationships. A range of services can be found by searching Is This Love Portsmouth."

Bruce Marr Service Manager of Portsmouth Early Intervention Project said, "Attitudes towards domestic violence are developed at a young age and its seriously worrying that research has shown 50% of girls and 25% of boys has experienced physical abuse in their intimate relationships[3]. It's essential that young men and women learn that abusive behaviour is unacceptable and that healthy relationships are based on equality and mutual respect. Changing attitudes will take time but we hope this campaign will help young people in Portsmouth to recognise the signs of abusive behaviour and equip them with the knowledge and confidence to seek help, as well as understanding the consequences of being abusive or controlling in a relationship".

 

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