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Domestic Abuse Awareness Month

 

Tuesday 26th October 2010

 

DOMESTIC ABUSE AWARENESS MONTH

 

Bedfordshire Domestic Violence Partnership and soLUTiONs, Luton’s Community Safety Partnership, have come together to promote October as ‘Domestic Abuse Awareness Month’.

The campaign is being endorsed by former Bedford Modern student and cricketing hero Monty Panesar, the acclaimed spin bowler who has been called up to England’s Ashes side, said: “I was delighted to be asked to help promote awareness of such an important issue.

“Domestic abuse has a devastating effect on individuals and families; people need to know that they do not have to deal with it on their own and there is help out there.”

In England and Wales, one in four women and one in six men will experience domestic abuse at some point in their lifetime.

Councillor Will Hunt, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, said: “Domestic abuse is a national and worldwide issue but we want to make it absolutely clear there is help and advice available for people who are suffering in Bedford.

“Domestic Abuse Awareness Month will help to highlight the options available to people who are the victims of domestic abuse and try to empower them to find the help they need.”

During the month Bedfordshire Domestic Violence Partnership and soLUTiONs, with support from other local agencies, will be hosting a range of events throughout Bedfordshire and Luton to inform residents about this issue and also to raise funds for local charities which support victims of domestic abuse. Details of all events can be found on http://www.bedsdv.org.uk/

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