New Legal Advice Charity for Domestic Violence puts Best Foot Forward

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Some of the participants in the Newbury Legal Walk 2013.

Championed by Vodafone, Newbury Legal Walk is an event to provide support and funding for legal advice charities in West Berkshire. This year, for the first time, the Free Legal Advice Group for Domestic Violence (or FLAG DV for short) is entering a team to raise funding for their new legal advice charity in Newbury. Helen Grimbleby, Trustee of FLAG DV and pictured with other walkers said “We are delighted to be taking part in this event, alongside Vodafone, and we hope that we can raise money and awareness of this important issue.”

FLAG DV is dedicated to protecting and empowering victims of domestic violence and abuse. The charity is fundraising to launch its free legal advice surgery in Newbury, West Berkshire by October 2013. Trained, experienced legal advisors will provide people with free, confidential advice on a one to one basis to ensure they understand their choices in law.

Helen said, “There are at least 6000 victims of domestic violence and abuse, both men and women, in West Berkshire. Victims come from all walks of life, class or community; they are of any age and come from any ethnic group or religion. Around 5 victims a month will require an emergency court order to ensure their safety or that of their children or their property.”

Victims of domestic abuse have complex legal needs. They may be facing homelessness or debt, they may need help finalising their relationship or doing the best for their children. Most do not know their legal rights. Most cannot easily find out what their legal rights are. Legal aid is vanishing and people are afraid to approach solicitors. FLAG DV wants to bridge that gap.

Helen added “I am overwhelmed by the support we have received both from lawyers, businesses and members of the public. Our team is a mixture of lawyers and other supporters – and we are hoping for more to join us. You do not have to be a lawyer to take part in the Newbury Legal Walk.”

The 4 mile Newbury Legal Walk will take place on Monday 20th May from Vodafone’s main office. For further information on FLAG DV, how to register for free and on the walk itself please contact www.flagdv.org.uk. You can also contact newburylegalwalk@flagdv.org.uk .

For donations of £10 or more please go to www.flagdv.org.uk/donate and The Greenham Common Trust will double your money, other donations from £2 can be made at www.virginmoneygiving.com/flagdv

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