The Respect Phoneline is launching a new social media campaign on the message #Abuse. Let’s #DrawTheLine to encourage perpetrators of domestic abuse to recognise their abusive behaviours and to reach out for support to change.
The campaign calls out a range of abusive behaviours while raising awareness about the impact these behaviours have on victims.
Domestic abuse services have experienced a significant impact from Covid-19 restrictions. In May 2020, the Respect Phoneline received 70% more calls and 64% more emails than in May of the previous year. In June 2020, we received 59.75% more calls and 32% more emails than in June of the previous year.
We are taking steps to ensure perpetrators of domestic abuse have access to our helpline during this particularly challenging time.
We are reviewing the advice we give perpetrators about practical steps they can take to contain their abusive behaviours. We have also extended our hours and recruited additional advisors to manage increased demand for our helpline.
Starting Monday 7 September, we invite you to share our campaign across social media and reinforce that there is no excuse for abuse, we must all draw the line.
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