Signing up to help end abuse

Women's Aid open day at Blackpool FC Hotel. Det. Sgt. Ian Lawrence (North West Division Domestic Abuse-Lancashire Constabulary) signs the pledge for the White Ribbon campaign. Also pictured are Chris Beckett (Inghams Solicitors), Tina Hibbard (Service Manager-Fylde Coast Women's Aid) and Criminal Behavioural  Analyst and Adviser Laura Richards (right).
Women's Aid open day at Blackpool FC Hotel. Det. Sgt. Ian Lawrence (North West Division Domestic Abuse-Lancashire Constabulary) signs the pledge for the White Ribbon campaign. Also pictured are Chris Beckett (Inghams Solicitors), Tina Hibbard (Service Manager-Fylde Coast Women's Aid) and Criminal Behavioural Analyst and Adviser Laura Richards (right).
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A CAMPAIGN has been launched to tackle domestic violence on the Fylde coast.

Those who work with abuse victims pledged their support to the White Ribbon campaign at a conference organised by Fylde Coast Women’s Aid (FCWA).

The campaign is aimed at getting people across the world to sign a petition condemning those who commit domestic abuse against women.

Tina Hibbard, service manager at FCWA, said: “It’s fair to say that domestic abuse is on the increase.

“Referrals are increasing which quite possibly could be a good thing because it means women are seeking help and advice.

“It’s an issue we’ll never fully eradicate but if women and children can access the right services they can be supported through abusive relationships and the criminal justice system, which hopefully gives out the right message that domestic abuse won’t be tolerated.”

The conference was held at the Blackpool FC Hotel, on Bloomfield Road, yesterday.

One of its attendees was Chris Beckett, from Ingham’s solicitors, who works with FCWA to support the victims of domestic abuse.

He said: “Domestic violence is huge and in all walks of life too.

“A lot of it’s not reported so the figures are underestimated, but events like today are definitely bringing up awareness.”

Det Sgt Ian Lawrence, from Lancashire Police’s public protection unit, looks after cases involving domestic abuse.

He said: “I’m supporting the white ribbon campaign and I’m here to listen to other people and learn from them.

“It is an issue nationally and we need to take positive action.

“By working with others we are able to support the victims.”

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