You don’t always know what goes on behind closed doors - #SpeakUp about domestic abuse

We’re launching our new #SpeakUp campaign this Friday, reminding people that they don’t always know what goes on behind closed doors.

As we encourage residents to #SpeakUp about domestic abuse, we’re installing new artwork on the windows at the Library @ The Lightbox and will be sharing messages on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Our partners IDAS (Independent Domestic Abuse Services) offer support to people in domestic abuse situations. Together with IDAS, we’re passionate about preventing domestic abuse and encouraging healthy relationships through our #SpeakUp campaign, letting people in Barnsley know there's someone there for them.

Domestic abuse can take many forms. It can be physical, emotional, sexual, financial, as well as controlling or coercive. You can learn more about domestic abuse and the different types on our webpage.

Take a look at the new artwork at the Library @ The Lightbox from Friday, and keep an eye out on our social media pages for more information on the support available through IDAS.

Wendy Lowder, Executive Director for Adults and Communities, said: “It’s really important that those who are in abusive relationships, or who know someone who is, access the help and support available. With our ‘behind closed doors’ campaign we’re encouraging Barnsley residents to #SpeakUp about abuse, and making sure that residents across the borough know about the services in place to support them. If you are in an abusive situation, please know that there is help and support available to you.”

For more information visit barnsley.gov.uk/speakup or call IDAS on their free 24 hour help-line 03000 110 110. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger from domestic abuse or sexual violence, please call 999.

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