Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

Domestic Violence Call Outs at 25,000 a Year

news_fist.jpg
Delicious Submit this page to reddit

7:02am 20th November 2012

Pirate FM has learnt someone is a victim of domestic abuse in Cornwall and Devon every twenty minutes.

25,000 calls came into police last year. But campaigners warn the real figure is much higher.

Amy from St Austell is the fourth generation of her family to be taken into care. She said: "Leading up to it nobody had actually spoken out. Because it had been normalised in my family it was very difficult for somebody to question it and stop it at an earlier time. Sometimes it takes an outside person to actually have that impact.

"When we start questioning domestic violence it stands out from the ordinary. We need to question it and we need to stand up for people who are being abused."

Support worker Ken Wilkins wants lessons in schools: "We need to be getting into schools to be talking to schoolchildren about domestic abuse. Let them know what a healthy relationship is and what an unhealthy relationship is. Get them to recognise the warning signs that an abusive relationship might be developing.

"Then we can start to actually raise the awareness so that the next generation can actually recognise this abusive relationship situation and be in a position to deal with it because, if we can prevent it, it's going to save a whole lot more angst."

Detective Chief Inspector of the Public Protection Unit, Mike West from Devon and Cornwall Police said: "Domestic abuse is an extremely serious issue and no-one should have to put up with abuse in any form.

"With such a significant number of domestic abuse offences involving alcohol, it is crucial to raise awareness of this serious issue and that help is available from the Police and partner agencies."

According to Women's Aid, the national domestic violence charity, alcohol does not directly cause abuse but there is evidence that where domestic violence exists alcohol is often present. Alcohol is also used by victims as a coping strategy, with women experiencing domestic violence being up to fifteen times more likely to misuse alcohol than women generally.   

Addaction, which provides a gateway to alcohol treatment services across Devon and Cornwall is also supporting this year's Domestic Abuse Awareness Week.

Addaction Manager Sarah Mitchell said: "Addaction Devon Alcohol Service offers a free confidential and non-judgemental service to anyone over the age of 18 who feel their alcohol use is becoming a problem.

"The first step on the road to recovery is to ask for help - the services we offer include one-to-one counselling, group work programmes, family support, relapse prevention and referral to other support and specialist services."

7:02am 20th November 2012

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
girl on phone

WATCH: The Secret Way To Call 999 If You Cannot Talk

Cornwall Police say everyone should know this!

domestic abuse violence

WATCH: Advice For Couples As Domestic Abuse Rises Over New Year

Cornwall counsellor explains why it is important to spend time apart

Most read
police line

UPDATE: Woman Dies After A30 Crash

A toddler suffered minor injuries after the collision involving a tractor

Darren Rhys Witcombe.

PHOTOS: Newquay Human Remains Identified

The discovery was made at Tregurrian last year

Top articles

PHOTOS: Newquay Human Remains Identified

Cornwall News: The discovery was made at Tregurrian last year

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

Foreign Office defends Tunisia travel advice at Sousse attack inquest

National News: The Foreign Office has defended its advice to tourists in Tunisia after being criticised for not warning British travellers of the terror risk before a gunman opened fire on a beach in Sousse.

Business Cornwall News - Friday, 18th December 2015

Business Cornwall News: Cornwall is spearheading reform of the Uk’s business licensing laws following a a year-long project.

Jamiroquai tease comeback with sample of first album in seven years

Showbiz News: Jamiroquai have announced their comeback "to a planet near you", teasing fans with the release of their first new music in seven years.

Foreign Office defends Tunisia travel advice at Sousse attack inquest

World News: The Foreign Office has defended its advice to tourists in Tunisia after being criticised for not warning British travellers of the terror risk before a gunman opened fire on a beach in Sousse.

Andy Murray makes winning start at Australian Open

Sports News: World number one Andy Murray kicked off his Australian Open campaign with a hard-fought straight-sets victory against Illya Marchenko on Monday.

'Where's Wally' fugitive hands himself in to police live on Facebook

Strange News: A man who changed his Facebook profile picture to Where's Wally as he was being pursued by police has handed himself in, live on social media.

Newer article

Fowey Women Explains Why she is Voting Against Women Bishops

Cornwall News: Susie Leafe from General Synod says men and women are equal - but different

Older article

Cornwall First To Get Wind Power Deal

Cornwall News: Living near a Cornish windfarm could mean cheaper electricity

Cornwall's Pirate FMPirate Extra Footer LogoEscape to Cornwall radioLoveCornwall.com - The Cornish Business DirectoryPirate Education and Training

 

© Copyright Pirate FM

Pirate FM cannot be held responsible for the content of external links.