Lincolnshire Police is using Valentines Day to urge women and men in abusive relationships to show themselves some love and take back control of their lives.
Valentines Day is often a trigger point in abusive and controlling relationships, but a simple call to us could be the first step towards a new start.
Along with a hard hitting poster campaign (http://www.lincs.police.uk/News-Centre/Campaigns/Operation-NOVA/Domestic-Abuse/Operation-Nova-Downloads.html)Officers also want to highlight the force’s developments around domestic abuse over the last few years to give county residents the confidence to believe they will be supported and protected throughout the reporting and court processes.
Lincolnshire Police launched Operation NOVA, say NO to Violence and Abuse, in February 2010. Two years on, the force has campaigned regularly to increase reporting, encouraging victims to break the silence and stop the violence.
Valentines Day, the World Cup, the Force’s Open Day and ‘It All Adds Up’ Engagement Events across the county were campaign features in 2010. In both 2010 and 2011 there have been prominent stands at the University of Lincoln’s Fresher’s Fair in September, meeting and discussing personal safety, relationships and providing advice where required to a large number of new and existing students.
Lincolnshire Police officers continue to identify risk at all incidents of domestic abuse, following the successful launch of ACPO DASH, a national multi agency approach. Over 1050 officers and staff have successfully completed the training programme since April 2010.