On the 5th November 2019, The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) launched a video ‘Don’t Disappear’ to raise awareness of relationship abuse. This follows their ‘Know this isn’t Love’ campaign on coercive control from earlier in the year. It was launched under the branding of Victims First. Victims First supports victims and witnesses of crime across the Thames Valley and is managed by the OPCC.
‘Don’t Disappear’ tells the story of Jamie and Emma; from the seemingly loving early stages of their relationship, to the development of coercive and controlling behaviours such as jealousy and possessiveness, control, love bombing and isolation.
While anyone of any age can be a victim of coercive control, the video is targeted at younger people who have less relationship experience and people who are at the beginning of a relationship. The aim of the video is to raise awareness of the red flags – the early signs of coercive control which at the time, may be missed or misinterpreted as acceptable behaviour in a relationship, and where necessary signpost people to support.
The video can be viewed on YouTube https://youtu.be/d6rt8w5HBWw
To view more information on the campaign, including the ‘Know this isn’t love’ materials please view the Victim’s First website here: https://www.victims-first.org.uk/crime-info/guidance-and-support/coercive-control/