Dating violence poetry
I hope that anyone reading these poems on Valentine’s Day turns to Refuge, as I did – reaching out really could save a life.” Sandra Horley CBE, chief executive of Refuge, says: “For many, Valentine’s Day is a time to enjoy being with a partner.
However, thousands of women and children will be spending this Valentine’s Day, like every other day of the year, in fear and terror.
And, what external forces are stopping them from finding safety?Well, it does count.”Their relationship did not begin like this.The story of how it blackened into abuse emerges over an afternoon – a patchwork account told in anecdotes, as if the whole tale from start to finish is too much to convey in one go.It is a story that not only Sam finds difficult to tell, but one that many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people struggle to disclose.Buzz Feed News spoke to both LGBT survivors of domestic abuse and an organisation trying to help them – amid a backdrop of cuts to funding.
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The campaign, created for Refuge by advertising agency Mc Cann Bristol, aims to raise awareness of the hidden, insidious nature of domestic violence, and lets victims know that, when their partner ‘turns’ and becomes controlling, they can turn to Refuge for the support they need to escape and rebuild their lives.