Greenwich

Council clarifies position on campaign against domestic violence

Published Tuesday, 18 August 2015

The campaign highlights the negative effects of domestic abuse on young children.

In relation to Royal Borough of Greenwich's campaign against domestic violence, the council has issued this statement:

"The council agrees that domestic violence is utterly unacceptable regardless of who is causing it. We also recognise that the overwhelming majority of men are good fathers and role models to their children and this campaign is not meant to detract from that.

"This is our third set of posters designed to help victims - both men and women - to come forward and seek help and they also show the impact it can have on young children. This single poster was developed as a result of evidence which shows that fathers who are abusive to their partners are more likely to seek help to change their behaviour if they are made to face up to the damaging effects their behaviour has on their children. Whilst women can also be the cause of domestic violence, the majority of incidents are committed by men.

"The council is committed to tackling the cause of the issue with our partners and has funded a dedicated police Domestic Violence Intervention Team to ensure victims of domestic violence do not feel helpless or suffer in silence.

"We therefore welcome the debate about our campaign so that these important issues can be brought out in to the open and discussed. It will help the council to get across our message that local residents can do something if they are worried a friend, relative, neighbour or stranger may be suffering domestic violence or abuse behind closed doors."

Read more about the campaign against domestic violence