Valentine's Day cards will be used to let people know they can report violence and abuse to Sussex Police.

Officers will place pretty cards around the county in the hope people will pick them up and read them.

But instead of heart-warming messages of love and romance, the cards will feature verses telling of abuse and assault.

One of the cards, which is bright red and cheerful looking, reads: “Roses are red, violets are blue, it |was over six hours we spent in the queue.

“And the doctor believed you when you said you fell, and you know what I’ll do if you dare tell.”

Another card, which has a picture of roses on the front, read: “Roses are red, violets are blue, I didn’t mean to lash out, you know it is true.

“But I saw you flirting with your friend last night.

“So don’t wind me up, it’s your fault we fight.”

The cards also warn people about the dangers of filming things online.

One of the cards said: “Roses are red, violets are blue, isn’t it great what webcams can do?

“It caught every second of last night’s good time.

“So keep it up or I’ll post it online.”

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “We are distributing locally across Sussex a set of Valentine’s Cards containing domestic abuse awareness and advice messages, and a poster on similar lines, all of which should be with local stations today.”

Detective Sergeant Laurence Cartwright, discussing the abuse of teenagers ahead of Valentine’s Day, said: “Domestic abuse can be in many forms – not just physical harm, but intimidation through controlling behaviour, harassment and threats.

“It is difficult for people, perhaps more so for young people who are not used to being in a relationship, to recognise that the way their partner is behaving towards them is actual abuse and is not acceptable.

“What we would like people to do is talk to us or if they can’t talk to us, then talk to someone.

“Abuse is something you do not have to put up with.”

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