|Marianne Olyver will play for Compassion|
Continuing my programme of meeting the key people involved in community safety in Babergh, yesterday I met Cathy Press, the Chairman of Compassion, an independent multi agency forum that works to raise awareness of domestic violence issues, and to support its victims. Babergh District Council is a member of the forum.
Domestic Violence does not have a high profile when compared with other crimes because its effects are largely hidden. However it is a fact that
1 in 4 women will experience violence and abuse during their lifetime
In the UK 2 to 3 women are murdered in a week, amounting to 112 per year.
Children are present or nearby in 90% of incidents
Male partners can also suffer abuse, as can partners in same sex relationships.
In addition to the above, the disturbing area of honour based killings and forced marriages is also becoming of increasing concern in the county.
Cathy and I had an interesting talk, and I will be learning more by undertaking a day of training on the subject later in the year.
The Forum is presenting a fundraising gala concert to support its work at Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford Church on 26 May. The event features the well known violinist Marianne Olyver, a small orchestra and singers. A sparkling evening is promised, which will appeal to all the family. Tickets at £10 for an adult and £1 for a child are available from Landers Bookshop in Long Melford, Compact Music, Sudbury and on the door.