Woking author lends voice to Domestic Abuse Awareness Week 9 to 13 October

03 October 2017

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Domestic Abuse Awareness Week is an annual event that aims to raise awareness of domestic abuse and educate people further around the subject. This year the event is on 9 to 13 October and the focus is on raising awareness of domestic abuse amongst young people.

To mark the week, Woking sees a new voice speaking out about the subject, in the form of highly acclaimed autobiography ‘Wings’, written by Woking resident, Sunny Angel.

During the week, Sunny will continue to promote her five-star rated book which is an autobiographical account of the violence she suffered throughout her youth, at the hands of multiple different abusers. As an adult, Sunny sought help from Woking based domestic abuse charity yourSanctuary, which she praises in an interview with the Woking Magazine.

Sunny contacted yourSanctuary in 2010 after her husband at the time became violent towards her daughter. The charity supports men and women who are experiencing domestic abuse. She said: “I refused to put my daughter through what I had endured. I knew I needed help. yourSanctuary provided fantastic support with practical matters such as securing my home.”

She explains the reason why she wrote her experiences down, saying: “Domestic abuse can affect anyone and I think more survivors need to break the silence and share their story to help other victims reach out.”

Sunny’s advice to parents is simple: “Love must start at home. If children feel special at home then they won’t seek attention from strangers. Grooming can start young and vulnerable children are targets.”

“Be compassionate and give your children space to talk openly. Don’t stay in an abusive relationship because of your children, what message is this sending them? Abuse is not love.”

This year, Mayor of Woking, Cllr Graham Cundy has chosen yourSanctuary as his charity of choice to raise funds and awareness for. He explains: “This is a service that every Borough needs. I want people who need it to know that help is out there.”

To mark the week, local charity yourSanctuary in partnership with Woking Borough Council will be providing information about their charity to members of the public at a stand in Wolsey Place Shopping Centre in Woking, with someone available to answer questions and talk to public on Tuesday 10 October, 10am to 4pm.

Help is available for those suffering domestic abuse in Woking, or those who are concerned for a friend or neighbour. Call yourSanctuary on 01483 776822 or visit www.yoursanctuary.org.uk

Sunny Angel’s full interview can be found in the Woking Magazine, out on 25 October. Sunny’s five-star rated book achieved her an Author of the Year (Whole Life Activation Awards 2017) nomination and is available to buy now: visit www.sunny-angel.com