Noisy Honiton protest to raise abuse issue

PUBLISHED: 14:11 19 November 2008 | UPDATED: 22:39 15 June 2010

A NOISY march through Honiton will mark this year's launch of Devon County Domestic Violence Week, which runs from Monday November 24 to Friday November 28.

A NOISY march through Honiton will mark this year's launch of Devon County Domestic Violence Week, which runs from Monday November 24 to Friday November 28.East Devon is playing its part in raising awareness of the issues with the march, which begins outside Honiton Police Station at 10am, on Tuesday, November 25, through the High Street to Mackarness Hall.There, at 10.30am, Councillor Vernon Whitlock will be the main speaker, with other short speeches and poems from survivors.There will also be a minute's silence for victims of domestic violence at the event. Members of the public are invited to attend the launch.Information leaflets will be available at various venues, such as shops, cafes, sports centres and swimming pools in the area, which includes Sidmouth and Ottery St Mary.Information regarding help available to those suffering the effects of domestic violence and abuse has been included in town and parish magazines. Beer mats giving details of a 24-hour helpline for women wanting advice are being distributed to pubs across the area.Gerry Moore, community safety officer for the East and Mid Devon Community Safety Partnership said: "Once again East Devon is showing its commitment to raising awareness of the very real and serious issues surrounding domestic violence and abuse. "People in districts such as this need to take these issues seriously and, just because it has never happened to them, they must not think that it does not exist. "One in four women will experience domestic violence or abuse in their lifetime and two women are murdered every week in England and Wales by their current or ex-partners.


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