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West Devon campaign to help tackle domestic violence on holiday
11:20am Thursday 14th June 2012 in Devon
Caravan parks in West Devon are working with West Devon borough council to encourage those exposed to domestic violence on holiday to ask for help.
The summer campaign was launched in response to increasing numbers of domestic violence incidents across Devon.
The South Devon and Dartmoor Community Safety Partnership has stepped in to provide support to those affected with the backing of West Devon Borough Council, local caravan parks, domestic violence and abuse services and the police.
The Partnership has contacted every caravan park in the borough and requested that they display Summer 2012 campaign posters and local domestic violence and abuse services information in their reception areas and toilets. The information provided will enable anyone suffering domestic violence to contact local services while on holiday or when they return home.
"Domestic abuse is a crime, and we're hearing about it more and more," said Sergeant David Anning of Tavistock Police, "Abuse affects both men and women and is not always physical. There are countless cases of emotional and financial abuse which are as serious as physical violence."
Louisa Wall, West Devon Community Safety Officer said: "Unfortunately, for those in abusive relationships a holiday does not always mean a break in the patterns that can cause misery in their lives. West Devon Borough Council would like to acknowledge and thank caravan parks that are supporting the campaign to raise awareness of the help available for those suffering the effects of domestic abuse."
Residents and visitors can seek support from domestic violence and abuse services by ringing the Helpline for South and West Devon on 01626 365087.