Local councils, Lancashire Police, support agencies, the NHS and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner have come together to create the #noexcuseforabuse campaign.
The campaign is part of the Lancashire Resilience Forum’s countywide response to COVID-19 to protect people who are at risk of or who are experiencing domestic abuse to raise awareness of the help and support available to victims and perpetrators and how and where people can report their concerns.
There is no ‘them and us’ when we’re thinking about victims and survivors of domestic abuse – they are our friends, our family, our neighbours and our colleagues.
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and there are things people can do to support the campaign, but more importantly protect those people who are at risk. You can help by:
- Recognising that anyone can be affected by domestic abuse and it can happen in all types of relationships – couples, parents, grandparents or wider family members
- Being aware that domestic abuse isn’t just physical – it can be emotional, physical, sexual, financial or controlling behaviour
- Understanding that there’s no excuse for abuse – whatever the circumstances
- Trusting your instincts – if something you’ve seen or heard doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t
- Knowing where to find the help and support agencies in Lancashire – visit noexcuseforabuse.co.uk
- Reporting to the police if you’re worried about someone – you can report online at lancashire.police.uk/reportcrime or by calling 101 or, if someone is at risk of immediate harm, dial 999