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Torbay and South Devon is committed to tackling domestic abuse.

Organisations have come together to share and promote their services and commitment to combat the issue.

The event, arranged by Safer Communities Torbay, was an opportunity for those who work in the area of supporting victims of Domestic Abuse to come together and learn about other services and opportunities.

It also included an opportunity for people to speak about what services they offer, how to refer and what initiatives can be used to support victims.

Victoria Harle, a family law executive with Wollens solicitors, was one of the speakers.

She said after the special workshop: “My talk was primarily focused on the assistance we can provide in obtaining civil injunctions for victims of domestic abuse.

“I covered non-molestation orders and occupation orders in some detail, talking about who can apply, what the court will consider, what orders can be made and how to enforce these orders.

“I also mentioned undertakings and protection under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997. I also explained Legal Aid eligibility for these injunctions.”

Safer Communities Torbay are now looking at starting a Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Community Forum to meet quarterly to continue this networking opportunity and to share updates and best practice.

Jason Preece, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Coordinator for Safer Communities Torbay, said “The elimination of domestic abuse requires an integrated approach, as well as the combined skills, commitment and responsibilities of all government departments, criminal justice agencies, local domestic abuse partnerships and relevant voluntary and statutory organisations. This event showed a clear message that domestic abuse will not be tolerated and that there is a united commitment to work together to support victims of domestic abuse.”



Picture: DI Simon Lee, DI Gaynor Bell and Jason Preece.