The Mayor of Oswestry will be seeking approval for work to combat domestic abuse

23 January 2021

Duncan Kerr

Mayor seeks approval for work to combat domestic abuse

Cllr Duncan Kerr, Mayor of Oswestry, will be presenting a motion to the next meeting of the Town Council seeking the support of his colleagues for:

  • The “Ask Me” programme which trains local volunteers to understand the early signs of abuse and gives them the knowledge of how to get assistance, and
  • The Town Council to become a White Ribbon authority and adopt a workplace policy to support employees affected by domestic abuse.

Cllr Kerr explained “Research shows that Domestic abuse is a serious issue that affects 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men during their lifetime. It can severely damage mental and physical health and for two women a week in the UK it results in death. Unfortunately the pandemic and lockdown has increased the risks with organisations like Respect seeing an 80% increase in calls. This month the Government wrote to all employers urging them to implement a workplace policy like the one proposed in my motion and I hope that my proposal will be unanimously supported across the Council”.

Shortly after becoming Mayor in May 2021, Cllr Kerr donated his entire mayoral allowance of £4,000 to the Shropshire Domestic Abuse Service to assist local victims and survivors of abuse with practical help to re-establish their lives.