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Get the help you need to break the cycle of domestic abuse

As a new documentary about the murder of 19-year-old Ashley Wadsworth in Chelmsford aired last week on ITVX, the chair of the Southend, Essex and Thurrock Domestic Abuse Board (SETDAB) is urging people to get the help they need to break the cycle of domestic abuse.

Ashley Wadsworth, smiling in her university graduation photo.

Ashley Wadsworth

Deputy Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Jane Gardner, said: “Ashley was just 19, visiting England from Canada, and had her whole life ahead before Jack Sepple took that away from her. He’s serving a life sentence in prison but that is no compensation for her family.

“Breaking the cycle of domestic abuse is a key priority in PFCC Roger Hirst’s Police and Crime Plan.

“Last year we successfully secured £503,000 in funding from the Home Office and invested this in support for survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence in Essex. This means that we are able to provide funding to organisations such as Synergy rape crisis partnership, The Children’s Society, Wilderness Foundation and specialist domestic abuse charities such as Safe Steps, and Next Chapter.

“SETDAB works hard across the county with our partner agencies to encourage survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence to come forward. We want anybody affected by these hideous crimes to know that if they come forward and report crime against them, they will be treated with care and compassion and provided with appropriate support.”

Read more on the Essex Police website.

Page published on 07/03/2023.
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