Eastbourne hosts domestic abuse crackdown

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Eastbourne Police held a day of pro-active campaigning to mark White Ribbon Day - a symbol of hope for a world in which women and girls can live free from the fear of violence and abuse –on Wednesday (November 26).

Last year Eastbourne gained White Ribbon Status, underlining the town’s commitment to tackling domestic abuse.

Eastbourne district police commander Chief Inspector Emma Brice said, “Eastbourne has a reputation for the considerable range of work undertaken to address issues of domestic abuse.

“Domestic abuse can have a devastating impact on victims and their families. Last year 2.1 million people suffered domestic violence in the UK, and seven women and two men are killed in the UK each month by a partner or ex-partner.

“In Sussex in 2014/15, 7,952 domestic abuse incidents and crimes were reported to police and 522 referrals were made for the highest risk victims of domestic violence and abuse.

“However, we know domestic abuse is still under-reported. and so we want to raise awareness with friends and family of victims and give advice how they can support victims to seek help. We also want to say to victims that they do not stand alone and are not to blame for the violence used against them.”

On Wednesday at the Arndale Centre, Eastbourne, members of the Eastbourne Domestic Abuse and Gender Violence Group were on hand from 10am to 4pm to raise awareness and offer advice and support.

Bob Gough, Eastbourne Borough Council’s crime reduction lead, said, “Violence can be, and often is, an element of this abuse and it is vital we don’t shy away from addressing this sensitive issue which happens in our communities. I would encourage everyone - no matter what your gender - to show your support and wear a white ribbon. Any act of violence is wrong, and should never be condoned or seen as acceptable. We should not have to live in fear of violent abuse, and the more people we can reach out to the bigger the message will be.”

For advice and support about domestic abuse visit www.sussex.police.uk

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