This pretty looking bunting held aloft on Douglas seafront actually depicts a sad statistic.
Each paper figure represents one of the 246 adults who have reported to police to have been a victim of domestic abuse in the past three years up until March.
Victim Support Isle of Man staff and volunteers created the bunting to show the extent of the problem.
‘Over the last few years more victims of domestic abuse have had the courage to come forward and have been supported,’ said Victim Support manager Paula Gelling.
‘Without identifying those individuals, we wanted to show the island’s community how much goes on behind closed doors and this is just the tip of the iceberg. The action of exerting power and control over another person by committing assault, intimidation and creating fear in any situation and in domestic situations, is not acceptable.’
Paula revealed that domestic abuse victims are often stripped of their confidence and self esteem and that this statistic only reveals the number of adults to report being victims and doesn’t take into account the number of children potentially affected by witnessing such abuse.
‘It is hard to establish the number of prosecutions and convictions in these type of cases because they are recorded differently,’ added Paula.
Domestic abuse is defined as any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.
This can encompass, but its not limited to psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotion abuse.
Victim Support assists anyone affected by domestic abuse – as well as crime and fatal road traffic collisions – providing emotional support and practical help.
The emotional support the team provides is supportive and non-judgemental. The service is confidential and safeguarding children is a key priority.
Anyone affected, or anyone interested in fundraising or volunteering for the charity, can contact Victim Support by phoning 679950, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling in at Victim Support, at 6 Albert Street, Douglas.