Valentine's abuse campaign begins

Nathalie Thomas

Women's Aid has launched a disturbing Valentine's Day advertising campaign that confronts the violent reality of many relationships.

Adverts depicting pictures of romantic gifts adorned with messages such as "Suzy, I told you to shut up you stupid cow. It's your fault I hurt you. Pete" are appearing in the national press and on billboards. There are radio ads too.

Nicola Harwin, chief executive of Women's Aid, said: "For many women this year Valentine's Day will be the same as any other day, with them living in fear of a violent partner or ex-partner.

"This then deteriorates into a pattern of abusive and controlling behaviour, which often increases in severity over time," she added.

All the ads urge members of the public to take action against domestic violence by logging on to the Women's Aid website.

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