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Surrey teen's life shattering story raises awareness of signs of abuse

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Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 3:08pm 14th March 2017.

A 17-year-old has told her life shattering story of how her father struck fear into her everyday life.

Police officers, doctors and those working in children and adult social services in Surrey listened to Daisy's story at a powerful event put on by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey.

The conference highlighted the many signs of domestic abuse and Child Sexual Exploitation experts should look out for.

Daisy, the daughter of Charlotte Kneer, CEO of Women’s Aid Reigate and Banstead Refuge took to the stage, sharing how domestic abuse had impacted her childhood.

She told them how her father had controlled her mother and struck fear into their everyday lives.

Abuse conference surrey police

Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey, David Munro tells us why the event is important: “Those affected by these crimes may not recognise the coercive nature of their relationship and the controlling behaviour being used by the perpetrator.

"This is why we must understand risks and warning signs to identify victims at the earliest opportunity, ensuring they receive the support they need and perpetrators are brought to justice.

“On behalf of my office and all attendees, I would like to thank all of the speakers for taking the time to share their expertise and in some cases, their real-life stories.

“The event was excellent in showcasing what is currently being done and what we can do to build on this success.

"This event also helped to communicate how boys and young men are equally vulnerable to child sexual exploitation and potential barriers they face in reporting or seeking help. 

“I hope delegates found the day insightful and helped develop their understanding of ways we can work together to support both men and women in the future.” 

Abuse conference surrey police

Also speaking was Professor Evan Stark, internationally renowned expert and author.

He spoke about the lasting and life-shattering effects of domestic violence and coercive control.

Through his experience, the audience were able to understand factors he categorised as isolation, degradation, deprivation and violence. 

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