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Photos trap to help victims of violence
A WORCESTERSHIRE organisation is urging victims of domestic abuse to make use of a project helping them gather evidence against their attacker.
The Visual Evidence for Victims project helps people take photographs of injuries or items that have been damaged that can be used in a prosecution.
The project is run by Victim Support, the police and other organisations and is able to store the photographs securely so they are available when needed in any action against an abuser. Strategic co-ordinator of the Worcestershire Forum Against Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence, Martin Lakeman, described the project as “an excellent initiative”.
“Victims are often too scared and intimidated to report their abuse to the police so by recording the evidence it ensures that the horror of domestic abuse can be stored safely and securely,” he said.
“Photos are only taken with the agreement of the victim and all of them are treated with dignity and understanding.”
Meanwhile, the White Ribbon Campaign, which is working to stamp out domestic violence against women, entered its second week.
The initiative, which is supported by your Worcester News, began on Monday, November 25 and will run until Tuesday, December 10.
The campaign was founded in 1991 in Canada in remembrance of the École Polytechnique massacre in December 1989, in which 14 women were killed by an anti-feminist. Today it has spread to more than 57 countries and sees people across the world wearing white ribbons in a personal pledge not to commit or condone domestic violence.
More than 750 people in Worcestershire have pledged “never to commit, condone or remain silent about domestic abuse and sexual violence in all its forms”, with campaigners hope to sign up 10,000supporters.
To add your pledge visit worcesternews.co.uk/whiteribbon, or whiteribboncampaign.co.uk/worcestershire. Anyone suffering from domestic abuse can call Worcestershire Forum Against Domestic Abuse in confidence on 0800 980 3331.