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104 pairs of women's shoes in police evidence tag bags on display in Plymouth City Centre

By Plymouth Herald  |  Posted: March 14, 2014

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A DISPLAY of 104 pairs of women’s shoes in police evidence tag bags was set up in the city centre.

Soroptimist International Plymouth and District organised and hosted the day of Action and Awareness-Raising of Domestic Abuse to mark International Women’s Day.

Each bag had an emotive title to demonstrate the impact of domestic abuse on families.

The Plymouth club also funded an art workshop engaging children in a local refuge with the day. They were represented by a display recording the 67 youngsters that were helped by the refuge last year.

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The event was held in partnership with the local Women’s Refuge, Sexual Assault Referral Service (SARC), Plymouth Domestic Abuse Service (PDAS), Plymouth Fawcett Society and with the support of Plymouth Social Inclusion team.

Amanda Sutherland, of Soroptimist Plymouth, said: “There was heightened awareness of the day due to press reports in Plymouth, that last year over 7,000 cases of domestic abuse were reported. Clare’s Law was also adopted this year to coincide with International Women’s Day.

“Local press and councillors joined us in talking with members of the public. £75 was raised by the sale of white badges asking men to pledge their support to stop violence against women.

“It was a positive and well supported day with feedback from our partners who want to start planning for next year.

An incidental benefit was getting the various organisations to exchange ideas and resources and we are hopeful that enhanced working relationships and cross referrals will be achieved.”

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