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Truro event to highlight support available to victims of domestic abuse

An event is being held in Truro next week (25 November) to raise awareness of gender-based violence and highlight the support available across Cornwall for victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

The Safer Cornwall organised event will take place outside Truro Cathedral on 25 November, 11am – 2pm to mark the start of the international campaign ‘The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence’.

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Safer Cornwall, a partnership of public, voluntary, community and private organisations who come together to do all that they can to make Cornwall’s communities safer, are looking at a number of ways to help make domestic abuse and sexual violence something that more people talk about.

They have made a call out to local businesses to make their working environment a safe space to talk about abuse while also offering them training to help them respond to their staff, as well as providing them with a Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Employment Policy.

In 2017 it is estimated that 1.3 million women and 695,000 men in England experienced domestic abuse and 595,000 women and 150,000 men experienced sexual violence. In Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly there were an estimated 21,000 incidents of domestic abuse and 3,000 incidents of sexual violence. 

Simon Mould, Cornwall Council’s Head of Community Safety and Localism said: “It is hoped that the more people who feel able to talk about abuse means that those people who are currently suffering in silence will feel more able to reach out for help.

The event in Truro will have information stands from local service providers, community support groups and Devon and Cornwall Police. There will also be an opportunity for people to get their nails done as well as a goody bags from Debenhams and an opportunity for a free make-up makeover.

Cornwall Council’s domestic Abuse and sexual violence co-ordinator, Anna MacGregor talks about how hard it can be for someone in an abusive situation to leave: “It’s sometimes very hard to see that you’re in an abusive situation. Your decisions can often be underpinned about the fear of leaving, the fear of the unknown, how do you sustain yourself? This is why it’s so important to work with employers so that they can be aware of the issues that someone may be facing and understand and provide them with support.”

Following the event Safer Cornwall will be walking around Truro, talking to local businesses and encouraging them to sign up to the campaign. Over the following 16 days they will then be visiting towns across Cornwall for similar walkabouts, supported by a range of professionals and the police.

There will be various other events taking place throughout Cornwall to raise awareness of domestic abuse and sexual violence. You can find out more about these events on the Safer Cornwall website.

If you live in Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly and you think you, or someone you know needs to access support around domestic abuse or sexual violence you can get help and advice in a number of ways:

You can call Safer Futures on 0300 777 4 777

Or make an online referral

Or call the 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline (run by Women’s Aid and Refuge) on 0808 2000 247.

If you fear for your immediate safety, or someone else’s, please call 999.

Posted on 19 November