Warrington woman determined nobody goes through same terrifying ordeal as she did (From Warrington Guardian)
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Warrington woman determined nobody goes through same terrifying ordeal as she did
7:00am Monday 24th March 2014 in News
CHRISTABEL Young is determined to make sure no one goes through the same terrifying ordeal that she endured.
The 32-year-old has joined forces with domestic violence victim Eve Thomas to get the law changed on revealing safe addresses in court after she was forced to publish her address on documents which were later handed to her abuser on a non molestation order.
Under the current law, if your safe address is requested in court and if you refuse to give your address, you can be held in contempt of court, and could face a prison sentence.
She said: “The Protection of Victims Act 2014 has been taken on by the Government as a code of practice regarding safe addresses.
“It is not the end of the fight though as, although it has been accepted, there is no enforcement behind it.
“So that is why we are continuing the battle until it is accepted as primary legislation.”
David Mowat Warrington South MP is also backing the campaign and said he hoped the loophole in law would be closed as soon as possible.
He said: “Our conviction rates for rape and domestic violence in this country are too low. If women aren’t confident that they will be protected after reporting an offence, they are less likely to make reports and these repulsive crimes could go unpunished.”
So far, more than 2500 people have signed the online petition with many more people signing the paper version.
“The thing that has touched me the most is the amount of people that have approached me and told me their stories of being abused,” said Christabel.
“Some stories have been incredibly shocking, but the majority have been all too familiar.
“Every story I have heard has kept me inspired and motivated me to keep making a difference.”
Christabel urges anyone who is currently the victim of an abusive relationship to get in touch.
“Many people escape abuse and violence every day, and as impossible as it may sound, you can escape.
“I did, and as hard as it has been, I have never regretted it, not for a second. I am safe, my son is safe.
“I have a life that I never thought possible now, a life without the fear of hearing the key in the door and not knowing what would happen to me when that door opened.”
For more information visit evethomas.co.uk or follow Christabel @Christa_EvesLaw or Eve @EveThomas40 on Twitter.
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