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To raise greater awareness of domestic abuse and ultimately reduce the number of people that are abused, the PCC has produced a series of special edition podcasts.

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion is supporting White Ribbon Day by inviting five special guests to join him and talk about domestic abuse, including interviews with those that have experienced first-hand the devastating impact domestic abuse can have, as well as those that are there to help and support victims.

White Ribbon Day is an opportunity for people to stand up, speak out and say no to violence against women. This year it’s more important than ever as many women have faced violence and control during the Covid pandemic.

The following episodes will be available daily from White Ribbon Day (25th November):

  • Nick Gazzard – Nick is the father of Hollie Gazzard who was brutally murdered by her ex-partner. Nick talks about why he set up the Hollie Gazzard Trust and how he hopes to help young people know the signs of abuse
  • Donna Wailes – As a Domestic Abuse Risk Officer, Donna talks about how she safeguards victims and how family and friends can be key in spotting the signs
  • Anthea Sully – Anthea is the Chief Executive of White Ribbon, and she talks about why the campaign is so important and what her drive is for ending violence towards women
  • Michelle Bowen – Michelle has volunteered to tell her story as a domestic abuse survivor in the hope it will inspire others to speak up if they are experiencing abuse from a partner
  • Sergeant Steve Broom – As an officer in the vulnerability and safeguarding team, Steve talks about how victims should have the confidence to report abuse to the police

PCC John Campion said: “Too many people suffer violence and abuse by those they have a relationship with. I am unstintingly focused on reducing the number of people exposed to domestic abuse and believe we need to keep raising awareness and educating people about the different types of abuse people can face.

“It was an honour to speak to these individuals who gave up their time to talk about such an important subject and shine a light on it. I urge people to listen to these podcasts and share them with friends and family, as ultimately it is those people who can often step in and stop the abuse from escalating. I will continue to support victims and survivors, and seek opportunities for ways to prevent abuse from ever happening.”

The podcasts can be found on Spotify and Buzzsprout for download or to listen on Apple Podcasts.

Issued on: Tuesday 24th November 2020