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Likely increase in domestic violence as a result of Coronavirus – what you can do

Authored by The Family Law Co.

Suggestions that there will be a surge in domestic violence in the region as families self-isolate and schools face long closures has prompted a response from The Family Law Company.

Director Jane Chanot who is part of the Children, Child Abduction and Domestic Violence Team, says “I have real concerns that we’ll see an increase in situations where families are kept inside together...

Abuse doesn't stop - even on holiday

Authored by Mary

Devon and Cornwall Police’s latest domestic abuse campaign warns both residents and visitors to our region that domestic abuse doesn’t stop, even on holiday.

Incidences of domestic abuse increase during the summer months. While a holiday or break from work may offer respite to many, sadly this may not be the case for people in an abusive relationship.

Whether local or from...

Successful year for team fighting domestic violence in Devon

Authored by News Desk

Devon’s campaign against domestic violence and abuse has made significant progress over the past year. But, says the Devon-based Splitz Devon Domestic Abuse Support Service (DDASS), the battle is far from won.

“We constantly need to review what and how we do things in order to meet the challenges ahead,” said Devon Service Manager, Chrissy Stower. “We are a long way from ending...

Four child sex offences reported every day in Devon and Cornwall

Authored by News Desk

The number of child sex offences reported in Devon and Cornwall rose to 1358 in 2014-15, according to figures obtained by the NSPCC.

It compared to 1125 the previous year as the charity called on the Government to increase funding for support services for children who suffer abuse.

In England and Wales, the figure soared by a third to 41,457 over the same period with recorded...

Will you know when to stop this Christmas?

Authored by Mary

The Christmas party season is almost upon us and police are encouraging anyone attending festivities to stay in control and know their limits when it comes to alcohol.

Work parties, festive drinks and family celebrations are all part of the Christmas fun but sadly alcohol-related incidents such as domestic abuse, assault, criminal damage, rape and antisocial behaviour increase during...

Couple jailed for historic sexual abuse

Authored by News Desk

A married couple have been jailed for a string historic sexual offences dating back to the 1980s.

David Williams sentenced to life in prison, and wife Pauline Williams jailed for 12 years plus four years extended license today (Wednesday 25th November), following trial at Exeter Crown Court in October.

David and Pauline Williams have been convicted on a number of charges...

Domestic abuse isn’t always between partners

Authored by Mary

It’s easy to assume that domestic abuse is an issue that only affects partners or ex-partners within a relationship. However, an increasingly more common form of abuse, with potentially devastating results, is set to challenge those inherent beliefs.

Since 2011, in Devon alone, there have been two domestic homicide cases where the murderer is in fact the victim’s child. The child in...

Plymouth man jailed for historic child abuse crimes

Authored by News Desk

A Plymouth man has been jailed after being found guilty of a number of historic child abuse charges.

Hinton Sheryn was found guilty at Plymouth Crown Court on Friday 25th September of 18 counts of indecent assault and gross indecency with children dating back to the 1970s and 80s; one of Sheryn’s victims was as young as six at the time of the abuse.

Sheryn is already serving...

Plymouth man found guilty of historic child abuse charges

Authored by News Desk

A Plymouth man has been found guilty of a number of historic child abuse charges at Plymouth Crown Court on Friday (25th September).

Hinton Sheryn was found guilty of 18 counts of indecent assault and gross indecency with children dating back to the 1970s and 80s; one of Sheryn’s victims was as young as six at the time of the abuse.

Sheryn is already serving time in prison...

Can you help to keep vulnerable adults safer?

Authored by Sarah Parker

A powerful new film highlighting the abuse suffered by adults at risk has been launched to coincide with Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week in Devon and Torbay.

Last year there were over 2,700 safeguarding adult abuse concerns reported to Devon and Torbay Local Safeguarding Adults teams and the latest campaign, starting on Monday 2 March, aims to raise public awareness about this...

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