Domestic Abuse Awareness Event
30/04/2019 11:09:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern
St Mary's Church, Purley Oaks Road hosted a Women's Aid event last night attended by a wide range of people from the church, interested local residents and Councillors Yvette Hopley, Lynne Hale, Simon Brew, Margaret Bird and myself. The event itself was brilliantly organised by Johanna Svensson.
Ruth Buckland from Bromley and Croydon Women's Aid spoke about the types of domestic abuse suffered by c.2m adults in the UK each year in 2018 alone. Domestic abuse is not necessarily physical violence but can also include emotional, psychological, sexual and economic abuse; it is common for more than one to be present in an abusive relationship.
It was reassuring to hear Ruth's very positive opinion on the Domesitc Abuse Bill which was published in January 2019. Measures include addressing coercive control and economic abusive as well and how domestic abuse affects children. There are also proposed measured to make the legal process easier for victims at a time of trauma.
There is help available to those in need. The advise given to those who are in imminient danger is to call 999 and leave immediately. Those who have the time for a planned exit can contact Women's Aid or Croydon's Family Justice Centre, which is more commonly known as the FJC.
Useful Contact Details:
Bromley and Croydon Womens Aid
020 8313 9303 (Monday to Friday 9am - 4.30pm)
Croydon Family Justice Centre (FJC)
020 8313 9303
Their drop-in and helpline are available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm
National Domesitc Abuse Helpline (24 hour helpline)
0808 2000 247