To raise awareness of domestic abuse amongst young people in the county, Lincolnshire County Council, Lincolnshire Police and G4S are looking to work with young people, schools and youth groups to create a new and innovative poster campaign.
Karen Shooter, County Domestic Abuse Manager at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Domestic abuse can happen to anyone and it’s often more complex and widespread than people realise.
“The recent change in the definition of domestic abuse highlights that it is not always physical and that young people suffer abuse in their relationships too. Young people shouldn’t have to put up with abuse and it’s important they know there is help out there.
“We’re keen for young people to design a poster which appeals directly to people of their age group (between 15-18), to really help us get the message out there. So, if you and your friends want to get involved, or if you work with young people, run a community centre or social club, we want to hear from you.”
“We are looking to receive entries by 4 October, and these will be judged by a panel of judges and then the winner, as well as winning a Netbook, will have their poster design made into a countywide campaign.”
Sarah Norburn, domestic abuse coordinator at Lincolnshire Police, added: “Lincolnshire Police has supported the This is Abuse national campaign since its launch in 2010, reminding young people that abuse in a relationship can happen to anyone.
“Working with our strategic partner G4S and Lincolnshire County Council to raise awareness and involve young people in creating a local campaign is another step to highlight the issue and ensure people know where to go for support.”
Dave Owen, service delivery director at G4S Policing Support Services, said:“G4S is proud to support this campaign to increase awareness amongst young people of this often hidden abuse. Domestic abuse is often categorised as a problem for an older generation and young people are often unaware that they are a victim. G4S hope that by encouraging participation in the design process that this campaign will increase awareness, allowing young people to spot the signs of abuse and seek help.”
To get involved or for more information, contact Karen Shooter on 01522 554509 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.domesticabuselincolnshire.com.