I could sit here and try to convince you with statistics but more disturbing than the figures are probably marks on a persons face you may have seen in the past. Whether it’s a relative, friend or a stranger, many carry their bruises and visible scars with them. For many, it’s a mark left by their loved one. Sadly, domestic abuse is another elephant that we choose to ignore.

Rushmoor Citizens Advice’s new approach of addressing abuse and violence comes in the form of a short-film which sees a team of Nepalese addressing drug abuse, gambling addiction and domestic violence. The writings are not only fitting for the film but are lines that unfortunately I have heard in my time too. I’ve asked “kina tyo aunty, ahile samman uncle ko rish ra kutai sahera baseko hola?”… “kahile kahi aba testo huncha ni, duwai jana milnu koshish garnu paryo”. The views held by some in our community is incredibly distressing.

We have so many more advancements to make. Talking about our problems is one to begin with. Whether it’s issues of finance, gambling, drug use, sexuality or domestic violence, it’s important that as individuals we keep a close eye on those around us and if we find ourselves in such situation, we have to take the step in seeking help. Sometimes all it takes is one conversation to get the help you need. Fortunately, there is help available.

I hope you, take few minutes out of your day and also show this to someone else in your household or friends circle. Remember, domestic violence can happen to anyone – men AND women – any age. It’s not normal. It’s not love.

IF YOU OR YOU KNOW OF ANYONE WHO NEEDS TO SPEAK TO SOMEBODY THEN PLEASE GET IN TOUCH WITH:

Mina Pun
Nepali Domestic and Sexual Abuse Specialist Adviser
Aldershot Citizens Advice Bureau
39 High Street
Aldershot
Hants
GU11 1BH
Tel: 01252 333618
Email: mina.mp@rushmoorcab.org.uk                             Mon-Fri between 9AM-5PM

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