Aylesbury's First Domestic Abuse Awareness Event
6:01am 28th April 2014
Aylesbury's first domestic abuse awareness event is taking place today, aiming to make everyone realise how much it goes on - and how to stop it.
Domestic abuse is often a crime considered hidden and organisers of today's event say they are determined to bring out into the open. "We intend to highlight and inform members of the public about what is meant by domestic abuse, the impact domestic abuse can have on the victim, their family and friends and the community as a whole."
Thames Valley police officers will also be giving advice on the role of the police in investigating domestic abuse offences, reporting domestic abuse and the judicial process involved.
Staff and offices will also help visitors to relevant agencies if they - or someone they know finds themselves in a domestic abusive relationship.
Specialist officers with experience of dealing with domestic abuse offences and investigations will be on hand to offer advice and support. A number of partner agencies will be attending these events offering their services, which includes representatives from Women's Aid, National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV), Terrence Higgins Trust, the local authority and various other agencies.
Insp Kelly Glister said:
"At these domestic abuse awareness events we will be explaining how to report offences, what we do when a domestic abuse incident is reported to us, how we investigate such cases and what we do to protect victims of abuse and highlighting the work of partner agencies. The aim is to raise awareness of domestic abuse amongst the community and encourage more people living with domestic abuse to seek help.
Domestic abuse also has a significant impact on children who witness it in the family home. For a variety of reasons, many victims do not report domestic incidents. We are working closely with our partners to actively encourage more victims to come forward to receive the support they need, so we can bring offenders to justice and protect victims from abuse."
Today's Domestic Abuse Awareness event is taking place at the Healthy Living Centre Walton Court, Aylesbury between 2 and 5pm.
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