VICTIMS of domestic abuse are being urged to seek help this Valentine's Day.

The Take the Step, Make the Call campaign was launched by Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner, on behalf of the Safer Lancashire group, to raise awareness of the different ways people can be affected by domestic abuse.

Clive Grunshaw said that the pressure and expectation around February 14 is often a trigger point in abusive relationships.

He said: “For many men and women in Lancashire, Valentine's Day will not be a day to celebrate their relationship but another day of living in fear of abuse.

“Abuse may mean being punched and kicked by your partner, but an absence of physical injury does not mean you are not a victim.

“Having your finances controlled, being prevented from seeing friends and family, being forced to have sex or having insults hurled at you are all signs of abuse.

“The Take the Step, Make the Call campaigns aims to connect with victims of all types of abuse, and empower them to take action and get help. I'm pleased to say the campaign has already experienced positive results for domestic abuse services across Lancashire, and I hope it can make a real difference to the lives of those suffering at the hands of an abusive partner.”

For more information, call the 24-hour helpline on 01772 201601.