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#breaktheroutine of domestic abuse

A powerful new video, with a previously unreleased Ellie Goulding soundtrack, raises awareness of domestic abuse and how to #breaktheroutine.

13 October 2016

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is when someone bullies or hurts their boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, partner or family member. It can happen when people live together or separately, or even when they have split up.

Around 1.9 million people experience domestic abuse every year, and almost two people a week are killed by their current or former partner. But not all domestic abuse is violent - emotional abuse is very serious and can also have a huge impact in people’s lives.


What does #breaktheroutine mean?

On average, people experiencing domestic abuse live with it for over two years before getting specialist help. Here at You & Co, we want to encourage them to ask for help and break the routine of abuse.

Watch the video below, and share it on social media using the hashtag #breaktheroutine. Help us raise awareness and let people in abusive relationships know that we are here to listen and help them feel safer and happier.

The video includes a previously unreleased soundtrack by Ellie Goulding and world-famous contemporary dancers. It was created by J. Walter Thompson London in association with the National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) and Victim Support. You & Co is part of Victim Support and we are very proud to be involved with this project.



How can You & Co help?

We are here to help anyone who has been affected by domestic abuse, whether or not they ever want to talk to the police. We have specially trained domestic abuse workers who can offer emotional support, information and practical help. Our VS Supportline (08 08 16 89 111) is open 24 hours a day at the weekend, and 8pm-8am in the week.

You can find out more about domestic abuse on this site, and the signs of an abusive relationship. We also have information if you feel that you’re not coping, if you’re finding it difficult to ask for help or if you’re worried about a friend.

We have run special projects looking at how best to help children and young people affected by domestic abuse, and from our research we have created nine booklets and an app for specialist workers to use with young people in abusive relationships. We understand how difficult and complicated domestic abuse can be, and we are here to listen and help – never to judge or to tell young people what to do.