Moulton double murder tragedy: award for inspirational brothers speaking out on domestic abuse
Inspirational brothers who launched a public crusade to raise awareness of coercive control in the wake of a brutal double murder have been given a top Lincolnshire Police award.
Luke and Ryan Hart were given the Outstanding Contribution to Public Service Award.
The brothers have had a massive number of public speaking events this month and weren't present for the police recognition awards, but they said on Twitter they were "honoured" to have been recognised.
Luke and Ryan Hart were recognised after demonstrating an outstanding ability and commitment to speaking out about domestic violence and abuse following the deaths of their mum Claire and their sister Charlotte, who were shot dead by their dad in a Spalding car park on July 19, 2016.
Their dad - described by the brothers as a "terrorist" - then turned the gun on himself.
Claire and Charlotte had moved out of the family's Moulton home to what was hoped to be a new start and a place of safety. Despite their father’s controlling nature they had never considered their lives to be in danger, they had never considered that they were victims of domestic abuse - as their father was never physically violent.
Since this heart-breaking experience, Luke and Ryan have demonstrated an outstanding ability and commitment to speaking out about domestic violence and abuse.
They have worked tirelessly to raise the profile of controlling and coercive behaviour.
Luke and Ryan were pivotal voices in the Domestic Homicide Review that followed, and faced the local media on its publication a year ago on November 29.
The Domestic Homicide Review publication reached Sky News, ITV News, BBC Breakfast and many others.
The brothers worked to encourage victims, who may not have identified the abuse yet, or may be living with the situation, to come forward and seek support.
Luke and Ryan spoke at the county’s domestic abuse conference in November 2018 and have since launched their own organisation, Coco Awareness, published a best-selling book and have become White Ribbon Ambassadors and Refuge Champions.
Luke and Ryan were honoured as part of Lincolnshire Police’s annual recognition awards.
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