WITH more than 3,000 domestic abuse incidents reported in Wiltshire in 16/17, a host of professionals attended an event on December 6 to promote a worldwide awareness campaign and hear about the work being done to highlight this important issue.

There were more than 60 people at the event in Trowbridge, held to coincide with the ‘16 days of action on domestic abuse’ campaign who heard the story of 20-year-old Hollie Gazzard, who was murdered in 2014 by an ex-partner.

As a result Nick and his family created the Hollie Gazzard Trust to help reduce domestic abuse through creating and delivering programmes on domestic abuse and promoting healthy relationships, and the session held today was a chance to learn about and discuss effective practice.

Up to one in four women and one in six men are affected by one of the many forms of domestic abuse.

During this year’s campaign, Wiltshire has focused on raising awareness of the wider forms of domestic abuse including the impact of stalking and harassment.

Tracy Daszkiewicz, chair of the Wiltshire Community Safety Partnership, said: ““For anyone who might be experiencing domestic abuse we want them to know that support is available and they are not alone. I’d urge them to take that first step and speak to someone and not suffer in silence. We know it’s easier said than done but we have a fantastic team in place ready to help.”

If you are seeking advice or support about domestic abuse, either for yourself or a friend or family member, call 01225 775276 or contact helpdesk@splitz.org In an emergency always call 999.