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Sue supports Constabulary's Domestic Abuse awareness week


"No one has the right to abuse another person either physically or mentally"

Raising awareness of domestic abuse is the aim of Avon and Somerset Constabulary as part of a national week of police action and supported by Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens.

Today (4 March) is the start of five days of activity for the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) focus on domestic abuse campaign.
On Wednesday, Assistant Chief Constable at Avon and Somerset Police Louisa Rolfe, who is also the national police business lead for domestic abuse, will be taking part in a Twitter Q&A organised by ACPO. She will be answering questions about domestic abuse, how it is investigated and what support is available to victims of domestic abuse.
On Friday evening from 7pm, Avon and Somerset Police will be holding a Tweetathon giving a live insight into the types of calls received, as they are received, on an average night in relation to domestic abuse and what happens once a call comes in.
Next Thursday (13 March), there will be a webchat between 12.30pm and 2pm. Det Chief Insp Carolyn Belafonte will be available to answer people’s questions about the subject and to offer advice to those who might be suffering domestic abuse, such as how to report it, the signs of domestic abuse and the support agencies in the area. A domestic abuse survivor and an Independent Domestic Violence Advisor will also be taking part in the webchat to offer help and advice.

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “Domestic abuse is an inexcusable form of cruelty and will not be tolerated in Avon and Somerset.  No one has the right to abuse another person either physically or mentally.  Raising awareness of this monstrous crime will hopefully give victims the confidence to come forward and seek justice.
“Tackling violence against women and children is one of my priorities and domestic abuse is taken very seriously across Avon and Somerset.  I want all victims to know that there is help available - from the Police and other agencies - and that no one deserves to suffer in silence.”
ACC Louisa Rolfe said: “We have seen an increase in reporting over the past year and are keen to see that continue. We know domestic abuse is significantly underreported and we want to encourage people to come forward and speak to us about it.
“We would encourage people to follow the Tweetathon and to join us in the webchat to find out more about the police and partner work on domestic abuse, to ask questions or to find out about support available. 
“We want anyone suffering from domestic abuse to know that they are not alone, that domestic abuse is not their fault, and that there is help available.”
For information on reporting domestic abuse and the help and support available go to: www.thisisnotanexcuse.org

Posted on Tuesday 4th March 2014
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