DAily Alliance- 4 June, 2020


Your roundup of local and national
domestic abuse stories

Billy Joe Saunders gives update on hearing over mock domestic violence instructions video, still waiting for date from BBBofC
Billy Joe Saunders’ licence remains suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control as a date for his hearing is yet to be set. The WBO super-middleweight world champion posted a controversial video with mock instructions on domestic violence back in March, which saw the BBBofC take action.  However, initial plans to stage a hearing via video conferencing during the coronavirus lockdown appear to have proved difficult.
-Talk Sport

Draft strategy to tackle violence and ‘hidden crime’ in Wolverhampton backed
Cabinet members at Wolverhampton Council signed off on the proposals which have a focus on tackling re-offending – and well as hate crime – in the city. The strategy, which runs until 2023, is expected to be signed off by the authority’s full council meeting later this month. Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said: “The draft Community Safety and Harm Reduction Strategy has built on the successes of the previous strategy between 2017 and this year. “The number of reports of domestic abuse has increased which shows there is confidence of people coming forward – and there’s a dedicated website to tackle hate crime.”
-Express & Star

Campaign to support people facing gender-based violence
An awareness campaign has been launched to help universities and colleges support staff and students facing gender-based violence (GBV) during the Covid-19 lockdown. The website and social media campaign aims to reach people who are experiencing GBV and also make perpetrators address their responsibility. It has been launched by charity EmilyTest in partnership with education charity Advance HE, College Development Network and Universities Scotland. EmilyTest is named after 18-year-old University of Aberdeen student Emily Drouet, who took her own life after suffering abuse from her boyfriend at her halls of residence.
-STV News

Halifax domestic abuse survivor speaks out about how she was ‘trapped in constant fear’
The woman was 17 when her boyfriend at the time subjected her to five months of physical and emotional abuse.
Now 24, the survivor has spoken out, recalling how she was punished with violence each time she attempted to escape, including an incident where he held a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her. The abuse began in 2013 when her boyfriend started with coercive control, telling her she had to stay at his house and taking her phone from her, before escalating into physical violence.

-Halifax Courier

New approach to tackling domestic abuse in Northamptonshire with more early support for victims
A team is being set up to take a new approach to tackling domestic abuse in Northamptonshire to help victims at the earliest opportunity. Police and partner organisations currently prioritise the most serious domestic incidents and those where the risk to the victim is greatest, meaning lower level reports are not dealt with. The new domestic violence advisers will be reviewing every domestic incident reported to police to support more victims and prevent behaviour escalating.
-Northamptonshire Telegraph




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