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EXCLUSIVE: Victims of domestic abuse in Aylesbury speak out

EXCLUSIVE: Victims of domestic abuse in Aylesbury speak out

Published by Charlotte Fisher at 5:46am 3rd April 2019.

This week we're bringing you the stories from two very brave Buckinghamshire ladies who have been victims of domestic abuse.

Today we're hearing from Gemma, which isn't her real name, who decided to speak to Charlotte from Mix96 with the support of Aylesbury Women's Aid.

She's hoping by speaking out and sharing her story, other people in a similar situation know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Figures released by Heart of Bucks show that in parts of Aylesbury, including Quarrendon and Walton Court, domestic violence offences increased by 118% in 2017-18.

Gemma experienced coercive control, mental, physical and financial abuse over a number of years.

She ended up in hospital with serious injuries at the hands of her partner and Gemma also fell pregnant during their relationship.

That didn't stop the abuse, it actually made it worse.

Luckily, with the help of her friends and Aylesbury Women's Aid, she managed to escape.

This is her story:

According to the Office of National Statistics, there were 27, 786 domestic abuse related incidents in the Thames Valley in the 12 months to the end of March 2018.

But, only 52% were logged as crimes.

The rest remained as incidents, which means an officer investigating a report of domestic abuse determined an offence had not taken place.

The force made 7,253 arrests for domestic abuse-related offences over the same period, giving an arrest rate of 50 for every 100 recorded crimes.

Overall the amount of domestic abusers being arrested, prosecuted and convicted has fallen in the Thames Valley. 

If you or someone you know needs help

Aylesbury Women's Aid services are open to all women regardless of age, class, ethnic origin, disability, sexuality, nationality, religion or cultural beliefs, and for those with or without children.

Men can access support through a referral to the Male IDVA service.

If you want free information and support, call their helpline on 01296 437 777.

For their refuge call 01296 436 827.

All the information can be found here.

On Mix96 tomorrow, Claire from Aylesbury shares her story of domestic abuse.

You can listen here

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