Police and Bracknell Forest Council have launched a campaign to minimise domestic abuse

Published: 27 Dec 2013 09:300 comments

POLICE have teamed up with Bracknell Forest Council to launch a campaign aimed at minimising domestic abuse over the festive period.

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Posters have been put up in a variety of locations including pubs, blocks of flats and offices in Bracknell Forest as part of the campaign, which began on Saturday.

Officers aim to reduce the incidences of domestic abuse across the borough, and say they will deal robustly with any offenders. The campaign will carry on into the new year.

Inspector Jon Goosey, from Bracknell police, said: “Officers in Bracknell will be

focusing their attention on robustly

dealing with offenders and repeat offenders as well as supporting victims.

“We are very happy to work with the Bracknell Forest Community Safety Partnership in order to ensure that our anti-domestic abuse campaign is as successful as it possibly can be.

“We are also very happy to be working with both the Bracknell Forest Council and Berkshire Women’s Aid (BWA), both of whom ensure that we are able to combat this crime type effectively.”

The Community Safety Partnership is made up of the police, councils, fire brigade, NHS and other organisations.

Bracknell Forest Council community safety manager Ian Boswell added: “The Community Safety Partnership will continue to focus on addressing domestic abuse and sexual offences, and we will work to lower the amount that take place in Bracknell Forest.

“This campaign will help to focus this effort by supporting victims and hopefully preventing people from getting to the point where they commit a crime.”

Liz Terry, chief executive of Berkshire Women’s Aid, said she fully supported the campaign and it was a positive sign that both the police and council were taking domestic abuse issues seriously.

She said: “This is a huge social problem that I believe many people do not recognise.

“In the period of April to September this year BWA took 520 calls from the Bracknell area and supported more than 300 victims through its refuge service and outreach services.

“The sad facts are that one in four women will experience domestic abuse and violence at some time in their life and every week on average, two women are killed [in England and Wales] by their partner or ex-partner.

“It is great that the police and the council continue to prioritise tackling this terrible crime.”

Information about the campaign will be posted regularly on the police’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thamesvp and the Bracknell police Twitter account @TVP_Bracknell

Visitwww.thamesvalley.

police.uk/crprev/crprev-domabu/

crprev-domabu-speak.htm or call police on 101 for help and advice and 999 for an emergency.

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