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'Domestic abuse tokens' given out

Domestic violence
Slough's domestic abuse unit deals with 300 incidents per month

Coin tokens with the message "Don't live with domestic abuse" will be handed to Berkshire residents to raise awareness about the issue.

The tokens, which are the same size as a £1 coin, can be used for shopping trolleys and gym lockers, Slough Borough Council said.

The contact number for the charity Women's Aid is included on the coins.

Slough Domestic Abuse Forum members will hand the tokens out at Montem Leisure Centre on Wednesday.

'Seek help'

A council spokesman said: "Each month, Slough's domestic abuse unit deal with more than 300 reports of domestic abuse, ranging from verbal arguments to more serious assaults and violent attacks."

Sophie Wing-King, domestic abuse co-ordinator for Berkshire East, said: "We know many people will experience domestic abuse but will not report it to the police or local support agencies.

"We want to encourage anyone living in an abusive relationship to seek help, whether they are the victim or the perpetrator.

"These £1-sized tokens are another way of getting the message out that domestic abuse is unacceptable and there is help available."

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