Mother of murdered Royal Wootton Bassett student joins domestic abuse walk (From Swindon Advertiser)
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Mother of murdered Royal Wootton Bassett student joins domestic abuse walk
Debbie Buttars was among a group of people who are survivors of domestic violence who took part in a demonstration in Parliament Square, London, yesterday
THE mother of murdered Royal Wootton Bassett student Hannah Fisher took part in a walk in Westminster yesterday to raise awareness of domestic violence.
Debbie, of Marlowe Way, was devastated when Hannah was murdered at the age of 21 in 2009 by her ex-partner Simon Marsh.
She had endured months of domestic abuse before she died, and since her death, her mum and the rest of the family, including Debbie’s husband Clive, have been raising funds for the domestic violence charity Refuge, to help other victims.
Yesterday, Debbie and about 30 domestic violence survivors and families of victims took part in the Walk of Hope around Westminster to launch a new campaign by Avon Women’s Aid and Refuge.
The campaign, called Speaking Out In Her Name, has involved new research being carried out which shows in the south west, over half of those questioned said they know or suspect they know someone who has experienced domestic violence, while over a third would not know where to seek advice.
Debbie said: “The walk went really well. It was to highlight the new survey which is all about trying to raise awareness again about domestic violence and get more information about it on the school curriculum and help young people with relationships.
“I think some schools teach children about it but it isn’t on the curriculum and that is what they want to achieve, so that everybody can learn about it and everybody knows there is help out there.”
Debbie and her family have so far raised £7,500 for Refuge through fundraising events including a gruelling trek into the Havasu Canyon.
“I took a year off from fundraising but I hope to do something again this year, I just don’t know what yet,” she said.
“I am really pleased with the amount we have raised so far.”