Corby Council aims to raise awareness of sexual violence

Community safety manager Toni Malpas presents co-ordinator of She Matters Carol Davie with donations from Corby Council

Community safety manager Toni Malpas presents co-ordinator of She Matters Carol Davie with donations from Corby Council

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Corby Council has been trying to raise awareness for National Sexual Violence Awareness Week.

The council’s community safety team has put up an informative display in the foyer area of the Corby Cube where people can find information and advice on the issue, including local contacts for who they can turn to should they be a victim of domestic abuse.

The informative display in the foyer area of the Corby Cube

The informative display in the foyer area of the Corby Cube

Taxi drivers all over the borough have been given safety packs which aim to help keep drivers safe with instructions on how to report crime, particularly under-reported incidents such as hate crime.

The pack also contains information about domestic violence, child sexual exploitation and the signs to look out for.

Not only has Corby Council been raising awareness, it also raised £270 along with donations for She Matters, a drop-in centre for women across the borough who need support with their well being or self-esteem as well as emotionally.

Group co-ordinator Carol Davie said: “The drop-in is for anyone who wishes to come in for a cup of tea, meet friends and is somewhere for mums to be able to change their babies in a safe and clean environment.

“We also offer free one-to-one support for anyone who needs it.

“A big thank you to Corby Council for these extremely generous donations – the group could not exist without this kind of support.”

Portfolio holder for domestic violence Cllr Mary Butcher said: “Domestic abuse is a subject that is often kept behind doors and we want to make sure that people all over the borough know that support is available.

“Even if it’s just for a chat, groups like She Matters are a great place for women to go whenever they feel like they need a friend.”