domestic violence

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...

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...

Police to run Friday night ‘Tweetathon’

Authored by News Desk

For the first time, Devon and Cornwall Police will be tweeting details of alcohol-related incidents across the region that are reported on Friday night, between 8pm and 2am.

The tweets will be posted live, as incidents are reported, by staff in the call centre at Police HQ, Middlemoor.

The aim of the tweetathon is to help the public understand the variety and quantity of calls...

Using music to help women and children move on from domestic violence

Authored by Mary

Taking part in musical sessions can help women and children move on from the debilitating effects of domestic violence according to new research from Plymouth University.

The study, commissioned by the Plymouth Music Zone charity, has found that mothers and children can begin to build resilience and “break the cycle of abuse” through group music sessions that encourage self-expression...

Police appeal to World Cup revellers

Authored by Marc Astley

Devon and Cornwall Police have reiterated their warning to football fans to have fun, but drink responsibly during this summer’s FIFA World Cup.

During previous football tournaments incidents of alcohol-related violence, including domestic abuse, have increased – particularly following England games.

Alcohol plays a significant factor in these incidents and people may be...

Police: Abuse can be emotional, physical and financial

Authored by Sarah Parker

Devon and Cornwall Police are launching a social media campaign this week to help change perceptions about reporting domestic abuse as part of the national ACPO In Focus Domestic Abuse Week (4–8 March 2014).

The campaign, which comprises of tweets and facebook messages, aims to reach as many people as possible across Devon and Cornwall. The messages will remind people that abuse can...

Plymouth will lobby to spare safe rooms from from Bedroom Tax

Authored by News Desk

Plymouth councillors agreed to lobby Government to make safe rooms for the victims of domestic abuse exempt from the bedroom tax today.

Councillor Nicky Williams, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, put forward the motion to Full Council calling for cross-party backing of the exemption. She asked for agreement in the meantime for discretionary housing payments to cover the...

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