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Domestic abuse awareness marches

Marches to raise awareness about domestic violence have taken place in both of Devon's cities.

A silent march was held in Plymouth city centre, while a "noisy" march happened in Exeter.

The events are part of the "Break the Silence" campaign, which urges domestic violence victims to speak out.

According to Plymouth City Council, domestic incidents are at the root of more than a quarter of all recorded violent crime in Devon and Cornwall.

Court injunction

Morris Watts, the council's domestic abuse manager, said: "We want to send a loud and clear message that domestic abuse in any form is unacceptable and must be stamped out."

Earlier in November, a six-month project to help victims of domestic abuse receive free legal protection began in Plymouth.

The scheme aims to help domestic abuse victims who do not qualify for legal aid and who cannot afford to pay for civil court injunctions.

It offers free legal representation to enable people to secure civil court orders protecting them from abusive partners.

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