Merlin supports domestic abuse awareness campaign
Published by Hywel Lloyd for Merlin Housing Society in Housing and also in Communities
An operative with one of the vans with the domestic abuse awareness campaign posters on it.
Merlin Housing Society is supporting a campaign to raise awareness of domestic abuse which highlights that not everyone will enjoy this festive season.
The Help Someone This Christmas By Speaking Out campaign has been launched by South Gloucestershire Partnership Against Domestic Abuse, which Merlin is a member of, to raise awareness of the issue. The campaign is encouraging people to speak out if they know a family member of friend is suffering abuse, or someone who they think might be inflicting domestic abuse on others. Domestic abuse reports increase around Christmas so it is an important time of the year to raise awareness.
During December Merlin’s fleet of vans are supporting the campaign by carrying messages, encouraging people to help friends or family who may be suffering from domestic abuse. You can also see the campaign on posters and on the screens in Merlin’s offices, and at bus stops and supermarkets across South Gloucestershire
Kathryn Perks, Anti-social Behaviour Manager at Merlin said: “It’s important for organisations to work together to offer support and advice to people who are suffering from domestic abuse. Abuse is something that you do not have to put up with, but we know that it is not an easy subject to talk about.
“Our vans are seen by thousands of people every day, so hopefully if someone who thinks a friend or family member is suffering from domestic abuse, they’ll be able to offer them the support they need to seek help. Our staff can offer confidential support or guidance and there lots of other people like GPs or social workers or charities like Survive that are also there for you.”
A full list of the agencies you can contact for help and advice is available at www.southglos.gov.uk/helpsomeone