Domestic abuse awareness bid
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.