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12 Days of Christmas

The Twelfth Day of Christmas

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

A gorgeous new coat…and a ban from leaving the house…

Then he took my phone…

So I couldn’t tell anyone what he’s done to me…

What he… does…

The Eleventh Day of Christmas

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

A photo of my parents… I haven’t seen them for years…

It upsets them that he hurts me…

They can’t watch any more

It upsets me that I don’t see them anymore…

The Tenth Day of Christmas

On the tenth day of Christmas, my mummy gave to me…

A new toy… But she couldn’t play with me…

Daddy said mummy had been naughty…

And he needed to teach her a lesson

The Ninth Day of Christmas

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

A new tablet… and a ban from contacting my friends…

I’m not allowed to speak to anyone… unless he’s around

The Eighth Day of Christmas

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Nothing… 

I need to buy presents but he won’t give me a penny

He has my purse

He has my bank cards…

He has everything…

The Seventh Day of Christmas

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

A new mobile…

And an accusation of talking to my ex…

Then he started throwing and smashing things…

He wouldn’t stop… even when I got hurt…

The Sixth Day of Christmas

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

A gym membership… and a telling off for being too fat 

He calls me names…. And tells me I’m useless

The Fifth Day of Christmas

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me....

Himself...  Forced on me...ignoring my cries and pleas to stop.

Then when it was over... He held me...like he’d done nothing wrong

The Fourth Day of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me....

Some gorgeous lingerie... and an accusation of flirting with other men...

That he kept on and on about... 

And wouldn’t stop...even when I was in tears....

The Third Day of Christmas

On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...

A DVD box set...that was thrown at me across the room...

Then she threw a vase

That hit me in the face, and made me bleed.

The Second Day of Christmas...

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

A beautiful family photo...and a slap in front of the kids

Who begged him not to hurt me...and said it was their fault...

The First Day of Christmas...

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

A beautiful bracelet… and another bruise on my arm…

Where he grabbed me and wouldn’t let go…

Until I promised him I would never leave him…

Listen to ‘On the First Day of Christmas...’ on Audioboo

Our Christmas campaign

The subtle behaviours which can signal that someone is a victim of domestic abuse are being highlighted in the count down to Christmas.

The Force is working with Capital FM to deliver a radio campaign which hopes to help raise awareness of domestic abuse and aid in the detection of victims and perpetrators. 

It focuses on the Twelve Days of Christmas and each of the 12 elements of the campaign describes a different way in which someone could be affected, whether physically or mentally. The scripts also show the variety of relationships that abuse can occur in while seeing it from both a male and female standpoint along with how it affects children.

It will also highlight the 101 non-emergency number and domestic abuse help lines. 

The campaign has been timed to correspond with the festive season as historically, through December and January, we see an increase in reports of domestic violence. The highest number of victims who report domestic abuse are aged 20 to 25 and the campaign with Capital FM will enable us to reach 372,000 adults aged 15 plus with an equal split between male and female listeners.

Head of Public Protection, Supt Helen Chamberlain said: “This campaign will support the extensive work being done in Force on domestic abuse, particularly in highlighting the range of ways it can manifest.

“This is a key time of year to get the message out there that domestic abuse is not acceptable. Victims to this type of abuse feel trapped, helpless and will often blame themselves or make excuses for what is happening. We hope those people hear this on the radio and take action to break a cycle of abuse safe in the knowledge that they will be helped and supported.”

  • This Christmas if you experience Domestic Abuse, or think you know someone who is, make the call to Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or call the local 24hr helpline 0808 800 0340. For more advice and support, click the links below.

Equation (formerly known as the Nottinghamshire Domestic Violence Forum) works across Nottinghamshire to reduce and prevent domestic violence.

24-hour helpline: 0808 800 0340

Equation also runs the Respect not fear website for younger people which offers help, advice and links to support.

Government information on domestic abuse, where to get help and your rights.

Make a stand against violence. ‘Like’ our Alliance Against Violence Facebook page

Nottinghamshire Women's Aid provides an extensive range of services for women, young people and children.

Women's Aid is a national domestic violence charity that helps up to 250,000 women and children every year. 

It works to end violence and support over 500 domestic and sexual violence services across the country.

 

 

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