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Region's businesses called on to support domestic abuse victims

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Durham Police’s experts are offering local employers free training so they can support employees, who may be suffering from domestic abuse.

The work is a priority under the Regional Violence against Women and Girls Strategy, and part of the campaign: Domestic Abuse is Everyone’s Business. It ensures police and employers work closely together to support anyone suffering abuse, and send a strong message that domestic abuse will not be tolerated.

Mr Hogg said: "Reducing the impact of domestic abuse, is one of my policing priorities. I am asking every employer to play their part in tackling this abhorrent crime.”

“Evidence suggests that many victims may turn to their work colleague or employer for help. We are offering employers free guidance, training, promotional materials and ongoing support to ensure they can help their staff, when they need it the most”.

Holly Dobson, the Force’s new dedicated Domestic Abuse Project Officer, said "The impact of domestic abuse is shocking, it destroys lives. Perpetrators can commit a range of abuse that can affect the physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing of the victim, as well as affecting others like children who may witness the abuse. “

Holly is leading a new awareness raising campaign this week, in advance of International Women's Day on 8th March, so that more local businesses, large and small, can take advantage of the free support. This week, Holly is focusing the campaign in hairdressers and barbers across County Durham and Darlington, so anyone who visits can see posters, which send the clear message that there is no excuse for abuse and that they can find out more at: www.sorrysnotenough.co.uk

Julie has worked as a hairdresser at Saks for 22 years and said ‘We are happy to support the police with this campaign. I have had experience when clients have confided in me and assisted them in getting advice. If we can help just one client get the help they need, then it’s been worthwhile.”

Holly Dobson said “In many cases the effect of abuse can spill out of the home and into the workplace; abusers may target the victim when at work. We need to ensure that employers can support their staff. For example, if you are an employer or an HR manager and one of your team was being harassed at work and followed home by their ex-partner, would you know what to do? Could you keep them safe? If you are unsure how best to act then get in touch.”

This week, Holly Dobson will be offering Domestic Abuse Awareness Training to Durham County Council Staff. If you are an employer in County Durham or Darlington and would like more information about the free training available, please contact Holly Dobson on 101 or at noexcuse@durham.pnn.police.pnn.uk.

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Follow PCC Ron Hogg on Twitter: @RonaldHogg1, or for organisation updates: @DurhamPCC.

For Durham Constabulary, follow: @DurhamPolice.

Posted on Wednesday 4th March 2015
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