Last week I posted a piece about my perspective upon and the affects of domestic violence and abuse.
It has generated a lot of response- my second most read blog post to date, and I have moved some of my readers to tears.
However I also requested that readers sign the current e-petition which aims to raise the profile of what is seen my many as an 'invisible' crime. In the last week 21 signatures have been added. Twenty one! Vingt et un! 4000 signatures per week are needed before the petition expires in August.
Many of my readers will have signed it already, but I don't know what is stopping you! You won't be blacklisted for expressing this opinion. You aren't advocating hunting of wild animals, or expressing an opinion that will marginalise a section of society.
YOU WILL BE SPEAKING OUT AGAINST SOMETHING THAT IS A CRIME!
People who have experienced this are affected. They may feel it difficult to trust another partner again. They may feel paranoid and depressed. They might also be suffering the long term effects of injury.
Perhaps some figures will convince you.
One in four women and one in six men in the UK will experience some form of domestic abuse in their lifetime.
It accounts for anything between 16% and 25% of all recorded violent crime.
Police take an average of one call a minute reporting domestic violence.
In any one year there are typically 13 million incidents of violence to or threats of violence to women by their partners and former partners.
On average,two women are killed each week by their partner or former partner.
And you wonder why I'm cross?
Here is some light reading for those of you with a little more time to spare http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domestic_violence
So here is the address of the petition http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/36837
It takes less than a minute to sign. A minute to make a difference. Surely you can spare that!