Shoppers in Preston pledge to ‘Be a Lover Not A Fighter’ and challenge domestic abuse16 February, 2016
Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw joined shoppers in Preston who have been pledging their support to a campaign to tackle domestic abuse.
The ‘Be a Lover not a Fighter’ campaign, which is running across Lancashire, Cheshire and Merseyside, aims to get people talking about domestic abuse and raise awareness online.
Statistics reveal that 90 per cent of domestic abuse is witnessed by children.
The Commissioner was at St George’s Shopping Centre this morning as part of a series of events across Lancashire to raise awareness.
He said: “It was great to have the chance to meet the people involved in this fantastic campaign and see the response from members of the public, who were eager to give it their support.
“The fact that 90 per cent of domestic abuse is witnessed by children is shocking and it has to stop.
“Protecting vulnerable people through tackling domestic abuse is one of my key priorities and that involves raising awareness in society that this is an issue no one can afford to ignore. We cannot turn a blind eye to domestic abuse or claim it is not happening – stopping it requires society as a whole to take a stand against it.
“Spreading that message is what the ‘Be a Lover not a Fighter’ campaign is all about, and I am delighted to be able to support it.”
More information about the be a #lovernotafighter campaign is available on the website and if you are concerned about any form of domestic abuse information on services across Lancashire can be found on the Take the Step website.