AN ORGANISATION which helps support to victims of bullying will be holding a special event.

November is National Anti-bullying Month, so Alison Fox the founder of Dorset Anti-bullying Service (DABS) has organised an information evening.

Research shows 1 in 2 adults will be affected by bullying at some point in their lifetime and is an increasing issue in all areas of the community.

Alison will be discussing the links between childhood abuse, relational/domestic abuse and workplace/community bullying.

She said: “Anti-bullying Month aims to raise awareness about bullying as an issue.

“I have decided to hold the event in Weymouth because in the two and a half years since setting the service up, we’re getting more and more inquiries.

“People think of bullying in terms of children and not adults, but this event aims to raise awareness of the bullying of adults and to help fundraise for the service.

“The amount of inquiries I have received has increased over the years, in 2017 I had 97 inquiries, we had 150 in 2018 and we’ve had 164 so far this year.

“Most inquiries are people asking for counselling to help overcome what’s happened to them.

“A lot of our inquiries are also from people who are not sure about whether they’re experiencing bullying or not, sometimes people think they’re being bullied when they’re not and vice versa.”

Dorset Anti-bullying Service is a not for profit project which provides information, support and training to raise awareness of the impact of bullying.

The event will be of interest to anybody who wants to learn how to recognise what bullying is and isn’t, how to recover from the impact of bullying, learn how to change their behaviour, listen to actual lived experience or get involved supporting others as anti-bullying ambassadors.

On the night there will be some music from a local band.

There will also be the opportunity to purchase crafts and gifts from local crafters who are donating 10 per cent of sales at the event to the work of DABS.

The event will take place at St John’s Church in Weymouth on Wednesday, November 13 from 7pm to 9.30pm.

It is free to attend, but to register your interest visit and search Dorset Anti-Bullying Service Awareness and Fundraising Evening.