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‘We are here to help’ domestic violence victims, says Centre

Protection orders: Laurie Shiell, the executive director of the Centre Against Abuse

The leader of an organisation set up to help victims of domestic violence said assistance was available around the clock.

Laurie Shiell Smith, the executive director of the Centre Against Abuse, highlighted that a 24-hour hotline was available.

Ms Shiell Smith said: “CAA is reaching out to the public as a reminder that we are here to assist adult victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

“Our 24-hour hotline operates seven days a week, and we offer assistance with protection orders, safe housing, court advocacy and counselling.

"As victims/survivors have had their power taken away, loved ones can assist them with gaining control over their lives by providing the contact details to CAA, and be with them as they make the phone call seeking assistance.

“This is often the first step a person makes on their own to pursue professional help.”

Ms Shiell Smith added that the CAA offered its “sincere condolences” to the family of a young woman who was found stabbed to death yesterday.

Ms Shiell Smith said: “We were heartbroken when we read the news reports.”

The 28-year-old victim was found at a house in Smith’s after police were called to what was reported as a domestic incident.

Police appealed for anyone with information that could help the inquiry to contact them.

Ms Shiell Smith said that counsellors could be contacted on the CAA hotline on 297-8278 or by e-mail at info@centreagainstabuse.bm.

Ms Shiell Smith added that people could also visit the organisation’s website at www.centreagainstabuse.bm to find "helpful information and resources“.

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