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Vigil held at Crooked Spire in Chesterfield to remember victims of domestic abuse

As part of the 16 days of action against domestic abuse, Chesterfield SNT attended a Vigil outside of the Crooked Spire last night.

Organised by the Elm Foundation, the annual Vigil was a chance for people to remember those affected by domestic abuse.

It also marked the end of the 16 days of activism to raise awareness of the issues of violence against women and girls and the gender-based nature of domestic abuse.

The service consisted of a Priest speaking to a small congregation of men and women which included Police and Crime Commissioner Angelique Foster and the Town Mayor.

The Priest gave a moving service for those who have suffered at the hands of domestic abuse and violence, and officers were there to reflect upon his words and prayed for these individuals.

A member of the Elm Foundation read out a touching poem on the topic of supporting victims and helping those in their time of need.

At the end of the service, white roses were laid for those who have died or suffered from domestic abuse, and a member of the Elm Foundation also laid down a wreath at the altar.

Officers were in attendance, standing with those who have experienced domestic abuse and to raise awareness of services and individuals working hard to support them.

PCSO Charlie Cawthorne from Chesterfield SNT said: “Living with domestic abuse and accepting that your loved ones may be controlling you can be a really hard thing to come to terms with, especially at this time of year.

“If you have any questions or concerns, please come and speak to us. We will listen to you and support you, and if you need to make a report you can.”

If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic abuse, help is available.

You are not alone.

To find out more, please visit: https://www.derbyshire.police.uk/domestic-abuse

And when you are ready to, you can report it to us in one of the following ways:

  • Facebook– send us a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary
  • Twitter– direct message our contact centre on @DerPolContact
  • Website– complete the online contact form police.uk/ContactUs.
  • Phone – call us on 101.
  • In an emergency always call 999.

You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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