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Police join forces to target domestic abuse

By Western Gazette - North Dorset  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

JOINING FORCES:  PC Katie Maun, left, community police officer for the Ilchester area worked alongside Regulating Petty Officer Oonagh Maguire, of the Commando Helicopter Force Royal Naval Police as part of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

JOINING FORCES: PC Katie Maun, left, community police officer for the Ilchester area worked alongside Regulating Petty Officer Oonagh Maguire, of the Commando Helicopter Force Royal Naval Police as part of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

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ROYAL Navy police officers at RNAS Yeovilton and local police have joined together to offer advice and help to victims of domestic abuse.

The Commando Helicopter Force's Royal Navy Police recently marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Along with a number of local authorities including Somerset County Council, and Avon and Somerset Constabulary, Naval police went out into the local community to offer help and support to victims, including at Tall Trees community centre, in Ilchester.

Regulating Petty Officer Oonagh Maguire, of the Royal Navy Police, said: "The service community occupy a large number of homes in and around the Yeovil area and we are all a reflection of society.

"We therefore must accept and understand how service personnel and their families could become victims of domestic abuse. Domestic abuse is much more common than most people realise and affects all regardless of age, ethnicity, gender or sexuality.

"Even if you are not experiencing domestic abuse yourself, you may know someone who is."

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