DORSET Police has launched a campaign to raise awareness around domestic abuse and the emotional and psychological impact of controlling and coercive behaviour.

The campaign, which also aims to reassure people they will still have access to vital police and support services despite Covid-19 restrictions, will use a poem to illustrate the story arc of an abusive relationship.

The poem will use contributions from survivors of domestic abuse, which will be invited via social media. People will be able to watch the poem develop and see the completed version at the end of the campaign online.

Once completed, the poem will be tuned into a video featuring survivors of domestic abuse. The video will be used to help raise further awareness around abusive relationships and encourage those suffering abuse to report it to police and seek help.

Sergeant Alan Marks, of Dorset Police, said: "It has been a tough year for all of us dealing with Covid-19. Sadly, things may have become worse for those suffering abuse, especially having to live through periods of lockdown.

"This lack of contact with the outside world, as well as being confined with their abuser, may well have made things even worse for those in abusive relationships.

"The cycle of violence may also intensify with people having to isolate themselves and being unable to socialise in the normal ways.

"We hope this campaign will encourage those suffering abuse to seek help from both police and partner agencies. It is important that victims know how and where to get advice and support.

"We encourage people to report any incidents by phone or online via the force website."

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said: "As we get used to the harsh realities of the third lockdown, it's vital victims realise help is out there for them and they don't have to put up with abuse of any kind.

"I ask anyone who is suffering to listen to the message of this campaign, report any incidents and please realise you do not have to suffer."

For more information on the campaign, visit the Dorset Police website or Dorset Police social media pages.

Help and advice around domestic abuse, together with a list of agencies who can help can found at

Crime can also be reported anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via its website