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Tackling domestic abuse

Police from Castle Point and Rochford showed their support to tackle domestic abuse by staging a charity football match at the Park Lane home of Canvey FC on Thursday, November 10.

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The match, a curtain raiser to a week of events to mark national Domestic Abuse Awareness Week (November 21 -25), was the fourth encounter between the districts for the ‘Silent Witness’ trophy, with Rochford officers winning the match 6-2.

Organisers Pc Nicola Pain and Pc Caroline Cudby of the Domestic Abuse and Safeguarding Team, Essex Police South Eastern Division said: “Too many victims of domestic abuse suffer in silence, whether it’s physical, mental or emotional abuse. We want to raise awareness of the help available to them, for them understand that they are not alone.

Local campaigners will also be joining in an Essex-wide commemoration of the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on Friday, November 25. The Panel will highlight the human cost of domestic abuse by placing one hundred pairs of shoes alongside the clock in Rayleigh High Street symbolising people killed in the UK as a result of domestic and family violence. A moment’s quiet reflection will be observed at 12 noon, starting with a tolling of the bells at the nearby Holy Trinity church and followed by the release of four doves in memory of victims killed in Essex this year.

charity football matchHelen Collins, Chair of the Castle Point and Rochford Domestic Abuse Panel, part of the Community Safety Partnerships for both districts said: “The event raised £231 for Basildon Women’s Aid, we were very grateful for the generous donations of raffle prizes, and a huge thank you to Pcs Nicola Pain and Caroline Cudby for organising the game again.”

Ps Steve Joynes said: “Everyone really enjoyed the game, especially Rochford, and for such a good cause. All the players donated to the charity as well as buying raffle tickets. A special thank you to Canvey FC for hosting the game and allowing us to use their facilities once again”


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