Last week marked the launch of Crimestoppers’ #YouAreNotPowerless campaign supported by Refuge, Respect, Home Office, EIDA and us, Neighbourhood Watch. Crimestoppers six-week social media campaign is directed at those who suspect someone is a victim or perpetrator of domestic abuse. Whilst a typical victim of domestic abuse endures up to 35 assaults before speaking up, bystanders who suspect domestic abuse have the power to speak up now.
Crimestoppers want to help prevent this crime from occurring and empower you, bystanders - friends, neighbours, colleagues or family members - who suspect someone is a victim or perpetrator of domestic abuse, to speak up.
Too often, the nature of domestic abuse is effectively hidden, with perpetrators controlling their partner emotionally, financially or by using physical violence. But because it happens behind closed doors, it’s more difficult to identify.
That’s why bystanders with suspicions, such as neighbours, family or colleagues, are key to ensuring help is given to victims.
Mark Hallas, Crimestoppers’ Chief Executive
Crimestoppers’ #YouAreNotPowerless campaign will see the charity shift its focus to raise awareness of their 100% anonymous crime reporting service and talk to different audiences in relation to this crime type.
In an emergency always call 999. However, if you suspect domestic abuse and don't want to reveal your identity, tell Crimestoppers what you know on the phone (freephone 0800 555 111) or online, 24/7, 365 days a year.
If you would like to help support the #YourAreNotPowerless campaign and share it with others, click to download our print-ready assets here. You can also follow and share Crimestoppers posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Linkedin.
To learn more about the campaign please visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org/domesticabuse