Do­mes­tic abuse aware­ness bid

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A CAM­PAIGN has been launched to tackle do­mes­tic abuse on Valen­tine’s Day. Chiltern and South Bucks dis­trict coun­cils will spread the mes­sage vi­o­lence and abuse at home is un­ac­cept­able.

Port­fo­lio holder for com­mu­nity at South Bucks Dis­trict Coun­cil (SBDC), Coun­cil­lor Anita Cran­mer, said: “Many in­ci­dents of do­mes­tic abuse go un­re­ported, with vic­tims too scared to seek help. They are of­ten un­aware of where to turn or what sup­port is avail­able. Fig­ures show vic­tims only con­tact po­lice af­ter an av­er­age of 35 in­ci­dents so we need to work to raise aware­ness of this dev­as­tat­ing crime.”

Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil’s ( CDC) cabi­net mem­ber for health and hous­ing, Cllr Peter Hud­son, said: “We have made progress to­wards greater equal­ity for LGBT (les­bian, gay and bi-sex­ual and trans­gen­der) peo­ple with civil part­ner­ship and pro­vi­sions in the Equal­ity Act 2010 but, sadly, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in th­ese com­mu­ni­ties re­mains largely in­vis­i­ble and peo­ple con­tinue to as­so­ciate it with some­thing that only hap­pens to women by male part­ners. Do­mes­tic abuse can hap­pen to fe­males and males.”

The Buck­ing­hamshire com­mu­nity safety part­ner­ship has put to­gether a book­let to help peo­ple find out more about do­mes­tic abuse and the var­i­ous forms it can take, how to plan safety, gain sup­port or re­port abuse and what agen­cies and tools are avail­able to help vic­tims in Buck­ing­hamshire.

Copies of the book­let are avail­able from the CDC/SBDC com­mu­nity safety team on 01494 732033.

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