Former partner of man jailed for 11 years opens up about the abuse she suffered
The former partner of a Swindon man who has been jailed for 11 years has spoken out about the systematic, violent, sexual and psychological abuse she suffered during their relationship. Edward Booth, 27, of Corfe Road, Toothill, was sentenced last month after a jury found him guilty of two counts of sexual assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. As well as serving an 11-year prison sentence, Booth was given a restraining order preventing him from contacting his victim, and was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life.
Everything you need to know about Clare's Law, the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme
Domestic Violence Disclosure Coordinator Catherine Taylor has answered some of the most frequently asked questions about Clare's Law and how the process works. If you have concerns about your partner who you think may be abusive, or may have an abusive past, you can make an application to your local police force for more information.
Family of woman killed by her partner tell their story in a bid to help others suffering at the hands of abusive partners
The family of Andraya Lyons, who was killed by her partner at her home in Swindon, in 2016, are sharing their story once again in a bid to help raise awareness of domestic abuse. "Andraya would bend over backwards to help anyone. She was living on a shoestring but she would have given anyone the last pound in her purse if they needed it." Gemma Webb says her older sister Andraya Lyons was the kindest person and the most loving mum to her two young sons.
Men can be victims of domestic abuse too - support is available
"It's hard to recognise abuse when you're in a relationship, no matter who you are, and it's easier to deny it. But when you do recognise it and accept it for what it is - there is support out there." For Sean (*name has been changed to protect the person's identity), who now works in Swindon in a role which involves helping to prevent domestic abuse, it took years for him to realise he was in a psychologically and emotionally abusive marriage.
Open letter from domestic abuse survivor to help others in abusive relationships
Domestic abuse survivor Maria Hopkins has written an open letter to Wiltshire residents about her ordeal, in a bid to help others in abusive relationships. Help is available.
John and Sarah are most likely to overshare online
London, 2nd October: 'John' and 'Sarah' are the names of people most likely to overshare online. A poll of 2,056 UK adults - commissioned for Get Safe Online Week - reveals the top male and female names most likely to give too much away on social media:
The easy way to stop your online accounts getting hacked
A strong password is a good start, but it doesn't stop there... Whether it's your Twitter, Amazon, or Netflix account, the explosion in popularity of online apps and services means more and more of us have to remember an increasingly long list of passwords.
Operation Sceptre: Knife Amnesty
From Monday 16 September to Sunday 29 September we are are joining forces across the country in the national knife crime awareness campaign, Operation Sceptre. During the two weeks we will be asking members of the public to bin the blades by dropping unwanted and illegal knives and bladed weapons into our amnesty bins across the county so we can dispose of them safely.
Your Q&A with the dog section - did we answer your question?
This week we ran our first ever Instagram Live Q&A, and what better unit to feature than the dog unit?! We were inundated with questions from the public and dog handler PC Sam Dutton and Dogs Inspector James Brain answered as many as possible. Come on in and see if your question was answered...
If you see a Police Dog out in the community
Wiltshire Dogs Trainer Ian Partington and trainee Police Dog Champ have some advice about how to act around a police dog if you see one working out in the community.
Print Share