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No Excuse for Abuse domestic violence awareness events in Dorchester
1:30pm Friday 15th February 2013 in News
AN AWARENESS event in Dorchester will send out a defiant message that there is No Excuse for Abuse.
West Dorset District Council’s new offices at South Walks House will host the free event, which is being held to support people affected by domestic violence and abuse.
A host of speakers have been lined up by the West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland Domestic Violence and Abuse Forum to look at a range of issues throughout the day today.
The No Excuse for Abuse event aims to raise awareness about domestic violence and improve links between support services for victims of abuse.
Anyone affected by domestic violence or who is working in support services is invited to come along between 8.30am and 2.30pm.
As well as the speakers there will be displays and information from organisations supporting people experiencing domestic violence and abuse and an opportunity to get confidential advice from professional support workers.
Among those attending on the day will be newly appointed Chief Constable of Dorset Police Debbie Simpson, Police Commissioner Martyn Underhill, Lord Lieutenant of Dorset Valerie Pitt-Rivers and High Sheriff Jeremy Pope.
They will be joined by representatives of both West Dorset District Council and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council. West Dorset District Councillor and chairman of the West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland Domestic Violence and Abuse Forum Molly Rennie, is one of the organisers of the event.
She said: “One in four women and many men suffer abuse in their lifetime, so all our presentations and stalls will help you find the help, information and support needed, whether in your working practices, supporting workers in your work place or just because you would like to learn more.
“This free event is for everyone.
“Awareness raising is a large area of the forum’s work and we hope you find this event useful for you.”
Tracey West, author of the Poetry of Divorce, will be performing some of her poems on the day.
She said: “Domestic abuse and violence are such unspoken horrors and they go on in the most seemingly respectable of houses, often in clear sight.
“It takes a brave soul to admit that they are suffering and to state they’ve had enough.
“The difficulties come in locating the best service to support them, or in some cases, remove them from their situation.
“West Dorset is blessed with a wide range of support networks, but what they are and how to reach them needs to have raised awareness.
“I am confident the No Excuse for Abuse campaign will do just that.”