Corby campaign to help domestic violence victims

From left, Doreen Hunter, of Northamptonshire Women's Aid, with Corby councillor Mary Butcher. This week they will be promoting the help available for victims of domestic violence

From left, Doreen Hunter, of Northamptonshire Women's Aid, with Corby councillor Mary Butcher. This week they will be promoting the help available for victims of domestic violence

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A week-long campaign was launched in Corby today (Monday, November 26) aimed at helping victims of domestic violence.

Schools, stores and community centres in the town will be visited to promote Domestic Abuse Awareness Week.

Corby Council has teamed up with other agencies to highlight the help that is available for victims and the council’s community safety team will be visiting schools during the week to hand out leaflets to parents dropping off and picking up their children.

The team is also being joined by the Sunflower Centre and Women’s Aid to take displays and promotional material around the borough.

Corby Council’s portfolio holder for domestic abuse, Cllr Mary Butcher, said: “Research in 2010 highlighted that in 2009/2010 11,125 reports of domestic abuse incidents took place in Northamptonshire and that males accounted for more than 20 per cent of victims of police-recorded domestic incidents and crimes.

“The figures show just how important it is that people know there is help out there for them.

“We know that domestic abuse isn’t just an issue women face and, as some popular soaps such as Coronation Street’s recent storylines have successfully highlighted, men can just as easily become a victim of domestic abuse and violence.

“Obviously with the holidays approaching this is a time of year where levels of domestic abuse can heighten as money and alcohol may become a factor.

“We hope that by our organisations being visible throughout the week anyone, male or female, young or old, who is experiencing any kind of abuse, 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.

“This is an opportunity to give out the details of local organisations that help victims of domestic abuse and ensure they know that there are people who can help them deal with this issue.”

The team began its campaign today (Monday, November 26) at Tresham College, Corby, and later at The Cube, where advice leaflets were handed out.

Tomorrow (November 27) it will visit Kingswood Neighbourhood Centre, from 9.30am until 11am, and the swimming pool, from 12.30pm until 2pm.

On Thursday it will be at Morrisons store, Corby, from 9.30am until 11am, and on Friday leaflets will be handed out at the Jobcentre, George Street, from 9.30am until 11am.