Published on:14 February 2017
Girls and young women are being encouraged to feel empowered to stand up to domestic abuse as part of a Valentine's Day campaign from Enfield Council.
Girls and young women are being encouraged to feel empowered to stand up to domestic abuse as part of a Valentine’s Day campaign from Enfield Council.
The campaign, "He Doesn’t Love You If…" was launched at St. Anne's Catholic High School for Girls in Palmers Green ahead of Valentine’s Day (14 February).
It aims to help girls recognise the signs of abuse and to stand up to exploitation by partners. The abuse can include requests such as sharing intimate photos on social media or being coerced into performing sexual acts with their partner's friends and associates.
As it can sometimes be difficult for teenagers to judge their partner's behaviour as abusive, the posters' pithy messages help to give some clarity.
Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Community Safety & Public Health, Cllr Krystle Fonyonga, said: "I am incredibly proud of this campaign to empower young women. More young women need to recognise when they are suffering from abuse from their partners - both physical and psychological - and we want them to feel confident enough to take action against these crimes. Friends, family and schools also have their part to play to help victims get the support they need to escape from abusive relationships."
St. Anne's Catholic High School for Girls head teacher, Siobhan Gilling, added: "Some behaviour is simply unacceptable in a relationship, and I believe we all have a part to play in helping girls recognise when a line has been crossed. We fully support Enfield Council's campaign and we are proud of our students at St. Anne's who are engaging with the key message - 'you're worth more'."
Commenting on the campaign, 17-year old St. Anne's student and Enfield resident, Otiasha King, said: "Girls need the confidence to come forward and to speak up. They have the power to stand up, while the community can help and support them."
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence or sexual abuse, call one of the following helplines:
In an emergency always call 999.