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Knife Angel: Victims of crime offered hope and help at national monument

Victims of crime will be introduced to a host of help and support services in a poignant awareness event at the Knife Angel statue currently in Derby as part of its nationwide tour.

People affected by crime in Derbyshire are invited to join a broad range of different service providers for a cuppa and a chat at the giant sculpture on Monday 14th October.  Support for victims in Derbyshire is provided by Derbyshire Victims Services and a number of specialist providers.  Details of all the services can be found on the CORE (Cope and Recover) website.

The Knife Angel, also known as the National Monument Against Violence and Aggression, is a spectacular 27ft artwork created by the British Ironwork Centre which is made up from 100,000 bladed weapons collected in knife banks during police amnesties across the country, including Derbyshire.

It is on display outside Derby Cathedral throughout October.

“We want all victims of crime in Derbyshire to know there is help and support available if they need it and what better way of grabbing their attention than at this show-stopping national statue,” said Mr Dhindsa.

“The Knife Angel is a symbol of both loss and hope. Hope and compassion drives all of our work with victims of crime and we look forward to sharing these excellent resources during this event.” 

Volunteers from key support services such as Safe and Sound, Derbyshire Victim Services, Restorative Justice, SV2 and the Multi-Faith Centre will be ready to chat to visitors about all categories of crime including hate crime, domestic violence and child sexual exploitation.

At 10.30am, as part of a busy week long schedule of activities to raise awareness of Hate Crime Mr Dhindsa, who is supporting the event personally, will meet schoolchildren who entered a recent Hate Crime poster competition.  A team of people from the PCC’s Office and victims services will be on hand to talk to people, issuing pens and leaflets to raise awareness of the paths of support available for anyone who falls victim to crime. 

The event takes place on Monday 14th October between 10am and 2pm at Derby Cathedral, 18-19 Iron Gate, Derby DE1 3GP.

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Further information about CORE (COpe and Recover) can be found at http://www.core-derbyshire.com/

 

Media Enquiries:   Sallie Blair - 01283 821012 / 07702 541401

 

 

Posted on Wednesday 9th October 2019
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