Campaign to end domestic violence in the East End ahead of Valentine's Day
AS Valentine s Day approaches, the spotlight is being shone on people trapped in abusive relationships and who are being forced to marry against their will. Tower Hamlets council is using its annual campaign, Domestic Abuse No Excuse, to send a message th
AS Valentine's Day approaches, the spotlight is being shone on people trapped in abusive relationships and who are being forced to marry against their will.
Tower Hamlets council is using its annual campaign, Domestic Abuse No Excuse, to send a message that there is help at hand to people who are the victim of domestic violence.
Information stalls and drop-in sessions will be touring the borough in the run up to Valentine's Day so people can find out about the help and support that is available.
The council's community safety leader Cllr Abdal Ullah said: "There is never an excuse for domestic violence. This type of abuse can go on unnoticed for many years, and often escalates over time.
You may also want to watch:
"On average it takes three and a half years before someone seeks help, and we want to use this campaign to help victims recognise what they are experiencing is not right, it's not their fault and there's help out there."
Every year around 4,000 women and 2,000 men are affected by domestic violence in Tower Hamlets, with police being called to deal with an average of 11 domestic incidents a day.
- 1 Leyton Orient linked with Omar Beckles, Connor Wood and Paul Smyth
- 2 It's been a busy week at Leyton Orient with plenty of signings expected
- 3 Tributes paid after Tower Hamlets councillor dies at 40
- 4 Drivers fight Tower Hamlets for years over 'clamping on private land'
- 5 Docklands man pleads guilty to firearms offences
- 6 Waste bin by the Thames used as 'lifebuoy' to save marine life
- 7 Golfer to visit Canary Wharf on 'world's longest golf hole challenge'
- 8 Queen's Birthday Honours: Caterer who gave out free meals gets BEM
- 9 'Earn while you learn' new degree course for students from any background
- 10 Man 'brandishes gun' in busy Canary Wharf restaurant
Domestic violence consists of any threatening behaviour, violence or abuse, whether physical, sexual, financial or emotional, between current or past intimate partners or family members.
It also includes forced marriage, which will be a particular focus of this year's Domestic Abuse No Excuse campaign and information about support services and legal protection for victims of forced marriage will be available.
Every year in Britain hundreds of young people, both male and female, are forced by family members to get married against their will.
Information and drop-sessions will be at:
Canary Wharf Idea Store, Churchill Place next Monday from 10am-5pm
Tower Hamlets College, Poplar High Street next Tuesday from 11.30am-2.30pm
Jack Dash House, lawn Close, Isle of Dogs, next Wednesday from 10am-5pm
Whitechapel Idea Store, Whitechapel Road, next Thursday, from 10am-5pm
Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel Road, next Friday, from 10am-4pm
People can report domestic violence or seek help from the 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 or Tower Hamlets Domestic Violence Team on 0800 279 5434.
For forced help and advice on marriage call 020 7008 0151.