‘Are you walking on egg shells?’ – police urge Sunderland domestic violence victims to report abuse

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.
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A CAMPAIGN to make it easier for victims of domestic violence to report the abuse they suffer has been relaunched.

The “Are you walking on egg shells?” initiative, which Northumbria Police say proved effective in 2012, uses the emotive question to raise awareness that domestic abuse comes in all forms, including psychological and emotional.

The threat of forced marriage and so-called honour crimes are also forms of abuse, and the aim is to encourage victims to come forward and get help.

A special helpline number is now being publicised in shopping centres, on toilet doors and on transport networks. The Echo reported last week that each day, five women living on Wearside suffer abuse at the hands of their partners. And Christmas is typically a time when officers see a rise in incidents of this nature.

The re-introduction of the campaign has the backing of Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.

She said: “The egg shells campaign gives people a clear message that help and support is available to them.

“Perpetrators of domestic abuse may pressure the victim to keep their conduct a secret – with our help, she or he can overcome that.”

Independent and confidential advice is available to victims who can ring the helpline on 0800 066 5555.