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A new poster will be going up in parts of the region to highlight domestic abuse in the run up to Valentines Day.
The new poster, which will be going up across Suffolk in the run-up to Valentines Day, aims to get the message out to domestic abuse offenders that their behaviour is unacceptable.
The poster, which bears the message ‘Are you her Valentine or will you be doing time?’ shows a prison wall with a barred heart-shaped window and will be put up in doctors surgeries, hospitals and dentists.
Previous posters have targeted victims, encouraging them to consider the harm that is being caused to both them and in some cases, their children. However this campaign targets specifically the offender by asking them to consider the effect their behaviour has on their family.
Detective Inspector Terry Jones, who oversees Suffolk Constabulary’s north-east Victim Care Centre, said; “While we recognise that domestic abuse can affect both men and women, the fact remains that the majority of victims are female and as we approach Valentines Day this poster aims to highlight the potential consequences to men - that they may face time in prison if they are abusive towards their partners."
“Valentines Day makes this a particularly relevant time to reflect on your relationship. Will the sentiments behind the flowers, chocolates and meals out be genuine – or just a possible pre-cursor to an evening of violence and abuse later?"
“Abusers can often tell you they love you, and go out of their way to be nice on such occasions, but if the reality is that you dread being assaulted once the evening is over it’s fear and control that are in charge, not love."
“Abusers need to realise their behaviour is not acceptable – and that they are likely to end up behind bars if they continue."
“We would urge anyone in an abusive relationship – whether they be the victim or the offender – to seek help. There are a number of organisations that can help you if you want to change the situation."
Information and advice is available - visit www.breakthepattern.org.uk or telephone 0800 783 5121. Alternatively you can contact your local Suffolk Police Victim Care Centre on 01473 613500, or Norfolk Police on 0845 4564567.