Help for those who suffer domestic abuse while on holiday

Camp sites targeted in new awareness campaign.

The Mid Devon Community Safety Partnership has written to all camping and caravan site managers across the district - asking for their help in tackling domestic abuse.

The request from the Partnership has been for posters, giving details of national helpline telephone numbers for those suffering from such abuse while on holiday, to be clearly displayed in toilets and other public areas at the sites.

Anybody calling those numbers will be spoken to in confidence, given advice and help - as well as details of support services available in their own areas when they return home.

Gerry Moore, the Community Safety Officer for East Devon, said: “Domestic abuse continues to be a major issue across the country and it goes without saying that when people are on holiday this abuse does not stop.

“The Community Safety Partnership can play its part by drawing attention to the national helpline numbers for both men and women.”

Kim Stradling, an East Devon solicitor and chairman of the East and Mid Devon Domestic Abuse Forum, said: “The Forum fully supports this initiative and although we don’t have any specific numbers regarding victims we know full well that people on holiday do suffer from such abuse.”

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