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To coincide with Valentine’s Day, agencies across Greater Manchester are coming together to combat an issue that is often hidden and never easy to talk about.

In Bolton, a giant Valentine’s Card, measuring 84 x 59cms will be unveiled in the One Stop Shop, Bolton Town Hall on Monday February 13 at 11.30am.

Proclaiming ‘Love Shouldn't Hurt’, the card will be signed by representatives from all the agencies who are responsible for tackling the causes and consequences of domestic abuse.
These include Greater Manchester Police, Bolton Council, Bolton Probation, Bolton Victim Support, Paws for Kids/Safe Haven, Fortalice Women’s Refuge, Bolton at Home and GM Fire and Rescue Service.

Valentine's Day is the focus for this campaign to highlight the fact that for victims of domestic abuse, it is a day like any other, when they live in fear of a violent partner.
The event is part of the wider ‘End The Fear’ domestic abuse campaign. More information can also be found at www.endthefear.co.uk

Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Jackson, Crime Operations, Greater Manchester Police's Bolton Division said: "Our message to victims is, for the sake of you and your children, don’t suffer in silence. There is help and advice available and we want to encourage victims and their families, and also those people who commit abuse, to come forward. This way people can end the suffering and get the support they need to start re-building their lives.”
Councillor Elaine Sherrington, Bolton Council Executive Member for Cleaner, Greener, Safer said: “Valentine’s Day is an occasion when people are already thinking about their relationship, so we feel this is a timely reminder that victims of domestic abuse don’t have to suffer in silence and there is help at hand.”

• If you are suffering abuse and need help, call 999 for immediate assistance, or the new national non-emergency number 101.

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