Nominations needed for heroes who help domestic abuse victims

Local police are searching for heroes who have helped make life easier for victims of domestic abuse.

Friday, 17th June 2016, 6:00 am
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They are looking for nominations for the John Latham Domestic Abuse Award 2016.

The annual award, given by the Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police, is for people who have made a significant contribution to the safety of domestic abuse victims.

It is named after the late John Latham, a solicitor who worked tirelessly in the field of domestic abuse.

Last year’s winner was Suzanne Veltri, a nurse who was responsible for developing improved healthcare pathways which helped hundreds of domestic abuse victims who had attended the hospital for treatment.

After the murders of Julia and William Pemberton in Hermitage in 2003, John Latham supported the family and campaigned for the introduction of Domestic Homicide Reviews so that lessons could be learnt from such tragic events to help prevent future deaths.

A police spokesman said: “If you know someone who has made a, please consider nominating them for this year’s award. They could be a member of a statutory agency, from the private or voluntary sector.”

To nominate, fill out the nomination form on Thames Valley police website and send it to Detective Inspector Ivan Reaney by 31 July.