PCSO: Don’t be victim – dial 999

PC  Iain Braid and PCSO Bev Robinson promoting white ribbon day.
PC Iain Braid and PCSO Bev Robinson promoting white ribbon day.
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Eighty one cries for help from victims of domestic abuse in South Holland were received by police over the weekend that started the national White Ribbon Campaign.

This week’s campaign is a global effort by men to end male violence against women and girls.

Domestic abuse is a rising problem across the district, where since April there have been 651 incidents recorded.

PCSO Bev Robinson has been visiting villages to raise awareness of the support available to victims through the police Public Protection Unit.

She said: “So far we’ve had a very good response.

“People have said that the help available should be highlighted and we should do everything we can to stop domestic abuse.

“In a rural area it isn’t so easy for victims to hop on a bus and get help.

“We’ve also the problem of being multi-cultural.

“Domestic abuse might be acceptable in some countries but not here.

“We need to educate people of that.

“With more people moving to the area the situation can only get worse unless there is a strong message out there.

“I’ll be wearing the T-shirt when I go shopping to get the word out and taking it every where I go while on duty.

“On Sunday it will be with me on my bus beat to Moulton Mill. If it helps just one person it will be worth it.”

Victims of domestic abuse should call police on 999. The national domestic abuse helpline is 0808 2000 247.

PCSO Robinson will also be raising awareness of help available for domestic abuse victims at a crime prevention day at Baytree Nurseries Garden Centre in High Street, Weston, on Saturday, December 14.