As part of National Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness week (25 November to 1 December), Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service (GDASS) along with Stroud District Council and Gloucestershire Police are raising awareness of the issue by holding information drop-in sessions throughout the week.
People can drop by and talk to representatives from GDASS, the police, and Stroud District Council on Wednesday (27 November) at the Sub Rooms between 9am and 12pm, on Thursday (28 November) at Merrywalks Shopping Centre between 11am and 2pm, and at the council offices in Ebley Mill between 12pm and 2pm. Representatives will also be at Brunel Mall between 9am and 12pm on Friday (30 November).
In England and Wales in 2011/12 the police reported 800,000 incidents of domestic violence and currently it accounts for 10 per cent of all emergency calls.
Jude Marshall, Team Leader at GDASS, said: “Nationally, two women a week are killed either by their current or ex-partner and one in four women will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime. It is vital that organisations come together to raise awareness of the issues and to promote the services that are available to support survivors.
“Over the past year, GDASS has provided support to 1,879 people in Gloucestershire of which 97 per cent were women and three per cent men and we are currently supporting 313 victims across Gloucestershire, 36 of whom are residents in the Stroud district.”
For more information about GDASS, please visit www.gdass.org.uk. If you want to report domestic abuse, you can call the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 or in an emergency contact the police.