A new campaign in Salford has been set up on Valentines Day to help those suffering from domestic abuse.

Organisers of “love – domestic abuse is” are going to send out 14 messages aimed at tackling or preventing domestic abuse.

The issues dealt with in the messages will include emotional blackmail, being cut off from friends and family and dealing with money.

Salford Community Safety Partnership and Salford Safeguarding Boards for Children and Adults are running the campaign, teaming up with Greater Manchester Police to keep the houses and streets safe.

Councillor David Lancaster, who is the lead member for environment and community safety, suggested that the campaign is not just about domestic violence.

He said: “Sadly people don’t realise they are victims because the control is applied slowly and subtly.

“One victim said it was two years into a relationship before she realised she had no friends, never saw her family, had no money and wasn’t allowed to leave the house unless her husband said it was okay to do so.

“If something doesn’t feel right, trust your instincts and speak to a professional, or if your in immediate danger, call 999.”

A spokeswomen for Salford Independent Domestic Advice Service said: ” We want people to recognise that a jealous controlling partner, isn’t showing their love, they are abusers.”

If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic abuse, then contact the national 24/7 national helpline on 0800 2000 247 or visit www.salford.gov.uk/domesticabuse to find out about other organisations.



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