Take back your lives’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

I AM pleased that Hilling­don’s po­lice will be sing cam­eras to lit­er­ally ap­ture their first visit to a omes­tic vi­o­lence vic­tim oon after the event.

“The ev­i­dence can be sed in any pros­e­cu­tion even the vic­tim de­cides not to o ahead with a pros­e­cu­tion.

“Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence is all about con­trol and vic­tims need to take back and con­trol their lives. It’s not easy, but this bor­ough has a fan­tas­tic net­work of peo­ple able to of­fer support.

“I hear over and over again from vic­tims that they won’t press charges be­cause they love the per­son who has beaten them. My an­swer is sim­ple: ‘Some­one who loves you, doesn’t hurt you’. Ba­sic as that.

“Also, chil­dren who wit­ness or hear do­mes­tic vi­o­lence could be af­fected for life and un­less the prob­lem is ad­dressed, when they grow up they will think that do­mes­tic vi­o­lence is ac­cept­able.

“I am very proud of the work I have done over the years to high­light do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and am thank­ful for the coun­cil for be­liev­ing in what I do and sup­port­ing me. I have had my crit­ics for my no-non­sense ap­proach, but I can live with that if it helps vic­tims leave de­struc­tive re­la­tion­ships.

“The coun­cil has an ex­cel­lent do­mes­tic vi­o­lence sec­tion on its web­site – http://www.hilling­don.gov. uk/ar­ti­cle/7046/Ac­cess­inghelp – which is con­tin­u­ally be­ing up­graded.” Coun­cil­lor Janet Gard­ner

is Hilling­don Coun­cil’s do­mes­tic vi­o­lence vic­tims’

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