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Gwent Police team launches Domestic Abuse community sessions

Published: Tuesday, 20 November 2012

CSOs at a Domestic Abuse session at Waitrose, Monmouth

A team of 20 community support officers from Gwent police will be offering advice on dealing with domestic abuse at a dozen community venues during the next two weeks.
The activities are focussed around White Ribbon day on November 25th, when people are asked to wear a white ribbon to signal their opposition to any form of domestic abuse.
This year the force - whose Chief Constable, Carmel Napier, speaks for the Association of Chief Police Officers on domestic abuse - has decided to concentrate on publicising Clare's Law, the scheme where people can ask for the previous history of potential and existing partners to safeguard themselves.

Detective Inspector Gaynor Hart, who is co-ordinating the campaign, said the force - one of four piloting the Clare's Law scheme - had received a small but significant number of requests for information since it was launched earlier this year.

The scheme is named after Clare Wood, a young woman who was killed by her partner. Clare was unaware of his history of domestic abuse.
The community support officers will be at a variety of venues in Gwent over the next two weeks, with lots of information to take away.

"You won't miss them," said Gaynor. "They will all be wearing sashes saying 'Ask me about Clare's Law'. We've been holding briefing sessions to ensure they have the knowledge to deal with queries on-the-spot, or refer on to our specialist domestic abuse investigation unit. The most important thing is that everyone knows to ring 101, our non emergency number, or 999 in an emergency."

On Thursday November 22nd (between 12 noon and 3pm) CSO Ruth Moyse will visit Communities First, Hillcrest Road, Abergavenny.

Newport's Caroline Hales and Jonathan Woods will be at a football session at the Spencer Boys football club on Wednesday November 21st.
The following day, November 22nd, they'll visit Ringland Youth Club, and on Sunday November 25th they will be back at the Spencer Boys football match.

On Friday November 23rd, Julieanne Wilkinson is running a whole morning  of events, including some fun ones, at Coleg Gwent, Ebbw Vale.

And on Sunday November 25th, Colin Davies and Samantha Evans will be at Sainsbury's in Pontllanfraith.

Tesco at Pontypool is the venue on Tuesday November 27th, for a fundraising bike ride and awareness session run by Amanda Roberts.

On Friday November 30th (between 11 and 1pm) Sarah Skillett and Lisa Evans will have a stand at the Caerleon campus of University of Wales, Newport.

Feel free to visit any of the above sessions to chat about any domestic abuse related issues or to find out more about Clare's Law.