No excuse for domestic abuse on Valentine’s Day

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POSTERS are being distributed across West Sussex in a bid to prevent domestic violence on Valentine’s Day.

Sussex Police are distributing hundreds of Valentine’s Day-styled cards and posters in clubs, restaurants and other public places, reminding people they do not have to tolerate abuse from partners.

It is the latest stage of the force’s ‘Talk To Us, We Can Help’ campaign, which is focusing on encouraging people to report domestic abuse,

The cards include the rhyme: ‘Roses are red and violets are blue. No one should suffer what you’re going through.

‘Would you call it love? It’s domestic abuse.

‘There isn’t, and never will be, any excuse.’

A spokesman for Sussex police said: ‘The messages on the cards and posters are very impactive but our intention is to start a conversation, both with us and in the wider community, to underline the main message that this sort of behaviour is unacceptable.

‘Domestic abuse can take many forms – not just physical harm, but intimidation through controlling behaviour, harassment and threats.

‘It is sometimes difficult for people to recognise that the way their partner is behaving towards them is actual abuse and is not acceptable.

‘What we would like people to do is talk to us or if they can’t talk to us, then talk to someone.’

The 24-hour National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline is 0808 2000 247.