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‘True Love?’ is a Hertfordshire County Community Safety Unit (CCSU) campaign aimed specifically at young people to raise awareness about relationship abuse. Every year, Hertfordshire supports the national Domestic Abuse Awareness campaign which this year falls between November 25 and December 10.
Traditionally, domestic abuse campaigns are aimed at adults, but it isn’t just an adult issue; young people can be both the victims and perpetrators. This year, Hertfordshire is aiming its campaign at young people due to an increasing awareness of issues around teenage relationships including violence and exploitation - and emotional abuse using social media.
The CCSU is working in partnership with Hertfordshire commercial radio station Jack FM who will be broadcasting adverts that have been scripted by young people about relationship abuse. They will be played during the national Domestic Abuse Awareness Campaign; make sure you tune in and listen out for these superb adverts.
According to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), growing numbers of young people are finding themselves in abusive relationships. The British Crime Survey states that teenagers are now more at risk of domestic abuse than any other age group. And if they are abused, they are unlikely to report it.
Young people receive a lot of misinformation from their peers and through popular culture, which can lead to a false view of what is acceptable behaviour.
For more information download the Information Leaflet.
Childline: 0800 1111
Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline: 08 088 088 088
Victim Support: 0845 456 5995