Torquay police donate to families living in domestic abuse refuges

(Last Updated On: December 17, 2020)

Police officers based in Torquay have donated toys to families who have had to flee domestic abuse.

The items will be given to children who are living in local domestic abuse refuges.

Officers at the station donated over 50 toys and selection boxes after the Public Protection Unit based at Torquay Police Station set up a donation point.

Police Sergeant James Dowler who set up the project wants to make sure that the children in the refuges have a Christmas surprise. He said: “This year has been difficult for us all, but none more so than those who have had to flee their family homes as a result of domestic abuse. Children are often the forgotten victims of domestic abuse anit is a sad fact that there are families across Torbay who will not be able to wake up in their own home on Christmas morning.

“One of the recipients, Torbay Domestic Abuse Service (TDAS), which is run by Sanctuary Supported Living, provides fantastic help to families affected by domestic abuse. I am pleased that we have been able to work in partnership together to support vulnerable children and keep them safe.

“I have been amazed by the generosity of officers and staff at Torquay Police Station and I hope these toys will go some small way to bringing some cheer to these families at Christmas.”

Claudia O’Neill, Sanctuary Supported Living’s local service manager for TDAS, added: “The children living at our refuge will be so thrilled to open the presents on Christmas Day. Some families had to leave behind their belongings when fleeing abusive situations, so it will mean so much to them to have something to open.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to send our heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in this project at Torquay Police.”

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