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Do Not Suffer In Silence - Seek Support

The heart-breaking new of the death of Sarah Everard has sent shockwaves and an outcry through our nation. After reading her case, the first thought that comes into mind for many is, “Why was she walking home alone at night?” But is it fair to place the onus on Sarah for preventing her own murder, after all she was wearing bright clothing, had chose a public route and called her boyfriend as she was walking home.

Last week, our Prime Minister, Boris Johnson said “I cannot imagine how unbearable their pain and grief is. We must work fast to find all the answers to this horrifying crime,” adding, “I will do everything I can to make sure the streets are safe…”

As the case has progressed over the past week, many have addressed their own experiences of walking the streets and the lengths they went to feel safe. Stuart Edwards, who lives five minutes away from where Sarah went missing, tweeted: "Aside from giving as much space as possible on quieter streets and keeping face visible, is there anything else men can reasonably do to reduce the anxiety/spook factor?" The tweet received 27,000 likes and more than 3,000 retweets.

A food critic, Jay Rayner, who also lives in South London tweeted: "If I find myself walking behind a single woman on a quiet street I always cross the road to the other side and ideally accelerate away as quickly as possible. I am a big man and absolutely aware what my silhouette looks like in the darkness.”

The Annual Crime Survey for England and Wales has recently reported that over 750,000 of adults were victims of assault or attempted assault since the age of 16, whilst one in 14 have experienced rape or attempted rape. It is reported that 16% of female adult victims and 19% of male victims of rape reported it to the police and these figures remain well below the number of estimated victims.

If you or anyone else you know is suffering from domestic abuse then seek help. The government has recently launched a campaign where victims of domestic abuse can ask for help at 2,600 chemists. By using the codeword “ANI” (Action Needed Immediately) and pronounced as “ANNIE”, it will be acknowledged by the person behind the counter before you are taken into a consultation room. If you are with the abuser or anyone else, arrangements can still be made to take you into the consultation room on your own before accessing immediate support from the police or a national helpline. It is hoped that such an initiative will be widely used by many who are in need of anonymous support.

We can help if you need legal advice

If you require further support or guidance in respect to matters concerning domestic abuse then do not hesitate to contact the Family Department at Noble Solicitors on 01582 544 370 and ask to speak to Miss Shanni Sandhu, Senior Associate Solicitor.

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