A Devon and Cornwall PCSO hopes his story of domestic abuse survival will encourage people to seek help.
'Is It Love?' Find Out Here
During 2012 police responded to a staggering 26,149 domestic abuse incidents across the Devon and Cornwall force region.
But the majority of charges were either dropped by the victims or they failed to tell anyone meaning less than 10 thousand were actually reported.
Domestic abuse constitutes at least 25% of ALL recorded crime.
It's frequently - but not always - fuelled by alcohol and causes millions in collateral costs like the NHS with hospital care and emergency costs.
The more people that report crimes the better.
A tree - symbolising the number of people in England & Wales murdered through violence from their partners needs another 7 names adding to it since January 1st 2013.
In 2012 there were 114 stars placed on this tree.
Emma (not her real name) was in an abusive relationship for 7-years it wasn't always violent, the abuse was controlling including physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse.
She's urging other potential victims to come forward and report more cases - Not only does it help police when dealing with incidents but it can also go a long way to getting the violent partner facing charges in courts.
To take part in the 'Is it Love' online quiz to highlight the signs of domestic abuse by examining the health and safety of a relationship CLICK HERE:
It aims to raise awareness of different violence and abuse and is being launched by Devon and Cornwall police and domestic abuse agencies ADVA in time for Valentine's Day.
Help and support is available from the Devon Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0345 155 1074 and further advice can be sought from www.adva.org.uk
Devon and Cornwall Police provide help, support and advice 24 hours a day via specially trained domestic abuse officers.
In an emergency call 999 or for non–emergencies call 101; email: email@example.com or visit www.devon-cornwall.pnn.police.uk
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