A new campaign to tackle teenage relationship abuse has been launched by West Midlands Police. Work will focus on helping teens who are subjected to abuse from controlling partners − a hidden crime – by giving them more advice on how to report it.

Emotional abuse can come in many forms, irrespective of gender, from ‘being made fun of’ to ‘constantly being checked upon by partner’.

Research from 2009 by the NSPCC and University of Bristol revealed that nearly 75 per cent of girls and 50 per cent of boys had reported some sort of emotional partner abuse.

Over the last 12 months in the West Midlands, three per cent of all domestic crime victims are aged 16 or 17 and on average, 38 domestic crimes are committed against 16 or 17 year olds each month.

The campaign forms part of Sentinel – a long-running force initiative aimed at improving the service provided to vulnerable victims of crime.

West Midlands Police will be using the Home Office “This is abuse” campaign to highlight the issues to young people.

The force will be using social media, in particular Snapchat, to make sure that the messages are spread amongst teenagers as far and wide as possible.

Officers across the region are also encouraging young men and women to come forward, working closely with third sector agencies that have Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVAs) including Women’s Aid, Haven and Refuge.

Read the full version of this article on the West Midlands Police Force website Here.