Police highlight domestic abuse

Police highlight domestic abuse

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Paul Miles

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Police highlight domestic abuse

A national campaign focusing on how police tackle domestic abuse is taking place this week.

Thames Valley Police (TVP) has joined with police forces across the country to support Domestic Abuse In Focus week.

Starting today, TVP has been using social media to explain how it protects victims of domestic abuse and highlighting the work of its partner agencies who deal with the issue.

A tweetathon will also be held from 7am to 7pm on Thursday in which TVP will be tweeting about the reports of domestic abuse.

Detective Inspector Ivan Reaney said: "Domestic Abuse is a major issue in our society, with more than 1 in 4 women and more than 1 in 6 men experiencing this type of abuse each year.

"We would actively encourage victims to come forward to receive the support they need."

The campaign, which finishes on Saturday, follows the implementation of a new law which enables people to check the police record of their partners.

Named after a domestic abuse victim who was murdered by her husband, Clare's Law aims to help people to make a more informed decision on whether to continue a relationship.

TVP will also be tweeting throughout the week using #speakouttoday #infocus and #domesticabuse.

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