Don’t sugar coat sour domestic attacks in home

Sugar sachets will carry messages with a bitter background as a campaign urges people to shop men and women who physically mistreat their partners.

Sussex Crimestoppers is involved in a publicity campaign that asks people to speak up to confront domestic violence instead of enduring it.

And the pleas will be made on sugar sachets as well as other means of communication.

Although most incidents are acts of violence and cruelty by men against women, there are instances of men also being victims.

Crimestoppers is working with West Sussex Worth Independent Domestic Violence Advisor Services on an extensive publicity campaign lasting through December.

It is timed to coincide with White Ribbon Day, which is an international drive to stamp out domestic violence against women, and includes a radio commercial being broadcast across Sussex by Heart FM.

Crimestoppers Sussex area manager Carolyn Randall said: “We have used statements from domestic violence victims to create a really powerful message which will feature on posters, on the radio and even on sugar sachets.

“Our aim is to encourage people to come forward and pass on their suspicions about a crime which all too frequently goes unreported until it is too late.”

Co-patron of Sussex Crimestoppers, Peter James, the best-selling crime novelist, said: “Henry David Thoreau wrote about people “living lives of quiet desperation”, and for no one is that more true than the victims of domestic violence. Their homes, that should be their sanctuaries become their prison, their loved ones their jailers and torturers. In our so-called enlightened society, no one should have to endure such conditions. Yet, tragically, thousands do.”

While the White Ribbon Day publicity specifically addresses domestic violence against women, experts say this issue can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, religion, class or sexual orientation.

Kathy Burke, Chair of Sussex Crimestoppers, said: “As an independent charity, Sussex Crimestoppers fully supports White Ribbon Day. We are proud to work alongside organisations such as Worth Services to promote this and future campaigns. Don’t be a bystander, tell Crimestoppers if you know of someone who is being abused.”

Crimestoppers is a national charity which enables people to pass on sensitive information about crime anonymously. Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or use its online service at to report crime 24 hours a day seven days a week.

Crimestoppers runs an all-day all-week telephone number 0800 555 111 for people to ring to pass on information about crimes anonymously.

They can also use the charity’s ‘giving information’ form via the website