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PCC donates proceeds of charity event to domestic abuse support services


PCC Sue Mountstevens presenting Survive with a cheque

Survive, a charity working towards freedom from domestic abuse, received a donation from Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens when she visited them on her latest community day.

The money was raised earlier this year when the PCC hosted a Zumba session for Avon and Somerset police officers and staff to mark One Billion Rising for Justice, a global campaign calling for people to end violence against women and girls.

The funds given to Survive will go towards their support services including a welcome box for a child coming into refuge, paying for a woman to attend a group recovery session and providing a room for a family fleeing domestic violence.

Sue Mountstevens said: “Tackling domestic and sexual abuse is a priority of mine as PCC and it is really important to me that we recognise movements such as One Billion Rising.  The aim of the event was not only to raise awareness of domestic abuse but that we ourselves could physically help others in the process. 

“I am delighted to be able to donate this token of our support for all that Survive and charities like Survive do for women in times of need across Avon and Somerset.”

Following her visit to Survive the Commissioner continued her South Gloucestershire community day visiting Kinergy, a charity who provide counselling services to survivors of sexual abuse and rape.

After a brief meeting with the Policing Minister Damien Green MP, the PCC then met with members of the Young at Heart Club in Bradley Stoke to hear their views on local policing and take part in a question and answer session.

In the evening, Mentoring Plus in Bath welcomed the PCC to showcase how they are changing the lives of vulnerable children and young people in Bath and North East Somerset. 

The invite to see how they train and support adult volunteer mentors and establish relationships with young people came from Jaime Luck, the Director of Mentoring Plus, after he was awarded a PCC’s Pride Award in February this year.

The Commissioner is committed to spending at least one day a week out and about in the community and if you would like her to visit you please email pcc@avonandsomerset.pnn.police.uk or call 01275 816377.

To find out more about the PCC’s Pride Awards click here.



Posted on Wednesday 2nd July 2014
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