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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 34, August 23, 2009, Article 24

TOKENS SPREAD MESSAGE ABOUT DOMESTIC ABUSE

An E-Sylum reader forwarded this story about an interesting use of tokens to spread an important message. Unfortunately, the token is not illustrated. -Editor

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.

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."

To read the complete article, see: 'Domestic abuse tokens' given out (news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/berkshire/8208154.stm)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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