#TakeTheFirstStep is a campaign currently running across Surrey that is aimed at encouraging not only people experiencing domestic abuse, but also their friends and family to seek advice about abusive relationships.
Although Surrey Police receives around 1,000 reports of domestic abuse a month, it is believed that many more incidents go unreported and the campaign will particularly target social groups with a lower rate of reporting domestic abuse.
Domestic abuse means any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional), between adults aged 16 and over who are or have been intimate partners, or are family members.
Domestic abuse can affect anybody, regardless of their gender, age, race, sexuality or social background. Domestic Abuse is never acceptable and is a crime that Surrey Police take very seriously. We are committed to protecting the lives of both adult and child victims of domestic abuse. We will investigate all reports of domestic abuse effectively, to bring offenders to justice where possible and hold them accountable for their actions. We work closely with our partner agencies to prevent and reduce domestic abuse.
As part of the campaign, those who suspect their friend or family member is experiencing domestic abuse, are being encouraged to call the Surrey Against Domestic Abuse (SADA) helpline themselves to get advice. Alternatively if the abuse has become serious it should be reported to the police by calling 101 or through Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org). In an emergency always dial 999.
Support organisations that can help
East Surrey Domestic Abuse Service on 01737 771350
North Surrey Outreach on 01932 260690
South West Surrey Outreach on 01483 577392
yourSanctuary on 01483 776822
National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247
Broken Rainbow on 0300 999 5428
Men’s Advice Line on 0808 801 0327
Stalking Helpline on 0808 802 0300