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Crime commissioner hears from victims at community event
DEVON and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg recently attended a community event, focusing on the victims of crime and anti-social behaviour.
The Community Safety Partnership Conference, held at Broadclyst Victory Hall, was attended by over 120 people.
It highlighted the services available to support victims and the on-going work between a wide range of organisations to stamp out crime in the region. Mr Hogg stated that he recognised the importance of the voluntary sector in community safety work and had attended the event as he wanted to learn more about the impact of anti-social behaviour in our communities.
A new DVD featuring recent victims of anti-social behaviour was shown and related to a case resulting in an Anti-social Behaviour Order (ASBO) in Exmouth and another of a Property Closure due to anti-social behaviour in Tiverton. Julia Ryder, community safety officer with the East & Mid Devon Community Safety Partnership, which organised the event, said: "We were very fortunate in that we had two very brave women attend and address the audience. "They were able to describe their personal experiences of domestic abuse and the impact of alcohol misuse on their families. "Both ladies were given support by local services and were able to move their lives on in a positive way, one by leaving the abusive relationship and the other by addressing her alcohol dependency. We are delighted that we have been able to celebrate our local successes but we are not complacent, as there is still work to be done to keep crime low."
The Community Safety Partnership will be producing a newsletter in the next few weeks and anyone wishing to receive a copy or more information can do so by registering on the website – www.middevon.gov.uk/communitysafety or by phoning 01884 234997.
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