Corby awareness campaign to help domestic violence victims

Cllr Mary Butcher, right, with Doreen Hunter from Northamptonshire Women's Aid
Cllr Mary Butcher, right, with Doreen Hunter from Northamptonshire Women's Aid
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An awareness campaign is being held in Corby this week to highlight the support available for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Corby Council and agencies from the Domestic Abuse Forum will be setting up displays with leaflets and information in the borough to promote the local services available to help victims.

The council’s portfolio holder for domestic abuse and sexual violence, Cllr Mary Butcher, said: “Domestic abuse and sexual violence can be a subject which those affected keep hidden and don’t open up about.

“We hope that by these organisations being visible throughout the week, if anyone, male or female, young or old, is experiencing any kind of abuse they can either reach out for the help and support they need or at least just know that there are people out there who can help.”

Displays are being held at Corby JobCentre today (June 17), Kingswood Neighbourhood Centre, Alberta Close, tomorrow (June 18), at Corby Cube on Wednesday and Thursday and at The Kingswood School on Friday.

Information will also be given to tenants, Pubwatch members, schools, children’s centre, GP and dental surgeries and community centres throughout the borough.

Government statistics on domestic violence estimate that six per cent of women and four per cent of men experienced some form of partner abuse in 2010/11, equivalent to about 900,000 women and 600,000 men.