Be safe this winter
The government will consider a new proposal for victims of domestic violence to be allowed to keep their addresses secret in court.
 
Eve Thomas survived savage beatings from her husband for over 20 years, before she finally found the courage to report the abuse to the police. Her husband was convicted of battery and made subject to a restraining order. However, when Eve had to appear in court again on an unrelated matter, she was asked to state her name and address to the open court. She refused to do so – fearing for her and her children’s safety – and was threatened with a 14-days in prison for contempt of court.

Now Eve is leading a campaign for Eve’s Law, which would allow victims of domestic violence to keep their addresses private via Eve’s Marker which would red flag the personal information of a victim of abuse as confidential and highly sensitive and would ensure that the data would never be publicly disclosed unless exceptional circumstances demanded it.

18 February 2014

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The true extent scale of the often hidden world of sexual assault, family abuse and the stalking of thousands of men and women in England and Wales was highlighted in the latest estimates from the Office of National Statistics,  which revealed that 1.2 million women and 700 ooo men had experienced domestic abuse in the past year.

Almost one-in-three women now say they experienced rape, stalking or domestic violence since they were 16- but many adults continue to believe it is acceptable to hit their partner, official figures have received.

Today, on Valentine’s Day, a separate report from the charity Women’s Aid highlights the number of women who receive threatening messages online.

Polly Neate, the Women’s Aid chief executive said: ‘Anonymous messages on Valentine’s Day are generally considered romantic, but for women facing online stalking and harassment, anonymous messages can be deeply disturbing.

14 February 2014

 

 

Have you been a victim of crime? Are you able to spare a small amount of time to take part in a focus group or telephone survey?

Ann Barnes, Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, is looking for volunteers to share their experiences as a victim of crime to help shape support for victims in the future. If you are a resident of Kent, then the Commissioner is asking for victims of burglary, vehicle crime, theft, and criminal damage in the last year to come forward.

It is not anticipated you will be asked to give up more than two hours of your time, and expenses will be paid. The focus groups/surveys will not at this time be suitable for victims of crime such as assault, rape or abuse or any incident involving violence.

If you could spare a couple of hours to take part in a focus group or a phone interview, then please contact the Office of the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner on 01622 677055 or via contactyourpcc@pcc.kent.pnn.police.uk to register your willingness to participate, with a short description of the crime you recently experienced, your age and your gender. Please also provide a contact telephone number.
The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 21st February 2014.

11 February 2014

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A Domestic Abuse Awareness event is being held in Canterbury City Centre on Friday 14 February from 9.30am – 4.30pm as part of the global One Billion Rising campaign to end violence against women.

Valentine’s Day is used as the focus for the campaign because ‘Love Shouldn’t Hurt’ and one of the features of abusive relationships is that they often begin with what may at first be seen by a woman as a flattering display of romantic love, but along with the chocolates and flowers can come the first danger signs of unreasonable jealousy and possessiveness. In many abusive relationships this ‘love’ becomes violent and controlling – a pattern of physical, emotional, sexual and verbal abuse that often escalates over time. 

This event provides an opportunity to publicise ways for people to access support and advice locally, including the One Stop Shops in Canterbury and Herne Bay where free advice and information can be obtained on a drop-in basis.

11 February 2014

 

 

 

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender History Month takes place every year in February. It celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community.

This year’s theme is music, an art which is universally appreciated and one that the groups behind the organisation of LGBT History Month hope will spread its appeal to people from all walks of life. Find out What’s on in the Canterbury district…

Dr Caroline Yorston, Policy and Research Officer for the Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF), considers the Month to not just be about raising awareness among the mainstream population, but also in the LGBT community itself.

‘It’s very interesting that music has been picked as the theme this year, said Dr Yorston. ‘It’s not just about the production of music but fashion, the club scene and all things associated with that.’

11 February 2014

 

Roads Kill – take control

The facts about young drivers:
• Road crashes are the biggest killer of teens worldwide.
• An 18-year-old is more than three times as likely to be involved in a crash than someone in their 40s.
• One in five new drivers is involved in a crash in their first year of driving.
• Young male drivers aged 17 to 20 are seven times more at risk than other male drivers, and between the hours of 2am and 5am their risk is 17 times higher.

Key considerations

• Never get into a car with a driver who has been drinking or taking drugs
• Remember: No seat = No space.
• Never distract the driver. It only takes a split second to lose concentration and crash.
• Mobile phones are a dangerous distraction. As a driver always turn your mobile phone off before setting out. Passengers should set phones to silent so they don’t distract the driver.
• It is impossible for you to know how much alcohol will put you over the limit – the safest option is not to drink.
• Drunk passengers may be more of a distraction for the driver. Refuse to take anyone that you feel may be a risk to your ability to drive safely.
• Your vehicle is your responsibility – windscreen wipers, child seas and seatbelts should be check regularly.

For more information

6 February 2014