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Domestic abuse isn’t always between partners

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Domestic abuse isn’t always between partners

The Safer Devon Partnership is leading on a campaign to raise awareness of domestic abuse between family members. The campaign officially launches in November as part of 16 Days of Action, an international campaign which runs from 25th November, UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to 10th December, Human Rights Day.

The campaign this year ‘Domestic abuse isn’t always between partners’ highlights parent abuse, and aims to help those living within abusive relationships to understand that there are support services available.

Domestic abuse involves any physical or mental abuse within an intimate or family setting and is not exclusive to just male and female relationships; it can apply to same sex couples, young couples, ex-partners or can involve any family member including an auntie or uncle, grandparents, siblings or child (adolescent and adult children) on parent abuse.

Statistics show that on average, two women a week and two men a month are murdered by their current or former partner in England and Wales (Office for National Statistics)

In addition, parent abuse results in a number of deaths each year with at least twenty parents murdered by their own child in 2014, and at least twelve parents have been killed by their child in the first six months of 2015 (Karen Ingala Smith)

Parents being abused by their child may feel a conflict of emotions, fearing their child’s actions and behaviours whilst also loving and wanting to protect them.

However, abusive or violent behaviour from your son or daughter is still domestic abuse.  Services are on hand to help you move towards a brighter and safer future, call 0345 155 1074 for advice.

Download the campaign material from our website

Support 16 Days of Action in Devon

Events will be taking place across Devon during 16 Days of Action, to get involved and show your support, view the timetable of events here and tweet #16Days or you can download the leaflet (from

Support White Ribbon Day

To show your support for the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, also known as White Ribbon Day, add a white ribbon to your Twitter or Facebook profile here

If you or someone you know is living with domestic abuse, contact Devon Domestic Abuse Support Services on 0345 155 1074 or email

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