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Domestic Abuse Crackdown

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:43am 25th November 2013.

More than 20 cases of domestic abuse are reported to police in Cornwall every day.

Figures seen by Pirate FM show officers dealt with almost 7.5 thousand last year.

More than 500 of those were sexual.

Amy from St Austell suffered abuse from the age of seven: "Just in my family alone I'm the fourth generation of children to actually have been taken into care but it's been at the point where they've been taken into care that's right at the extreme end of the violence so leading up to it, nobody's actually spoken out.

"My grandmother was abused, my mum was abused and so was I; hopefully it will end with me. Being able to actually just sit in a room full of women that have been through similar and actually say, you know what, this happened to me, it wasn't right, what am I going to do about it now?

"It's about realising that actually there's nothing wrong with asking people whether they've been a victim of domestic violence because just asking that one question, you know, if you get it right then it changes someone's life but if you get it wrong it really doesn't matter; there's nothing wrong with asking people."

Devon and Cornwall Police are launching a new awareness campaign to flag up the link between cyberstalking and domestic violence.

'Everything you do online leaves a trace' is offering advice on how to stay safe online.

The Crime Survey for England and Wales 2011/12 found that 10% of men and 18% of women over the age of 16 have experienced one or more incidents of stalking behaviour at some point in their lives. Today it is considered that most stalking cases include a 'cyber' aspect as stalkers use mobile phones, social networks, computers or geo-tagging.
 
Laura Richards, Director of Paladin, the new National Stalking Advocacy Service said: "Stalkers steal lives and take lives and they will use any means, including technology to stalk, harass, bully and control their victims. Cyberstalking can be terrifying and, ultimately, it can lead the victim into far greater physical danger when combined with real-world stalking."
 
Steve Slater, Devon and Cornwall Police Computer Forensics Manager, said: "A big challenge is to educate everyone about how easy it is to be stalked online. We all know how to secure our homes and cars, but does anyone think about what they post, advertise or sign up to on-line?"

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