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On May 8th, 2008, I received a phone call from my mother - "It's Becca, she's dead, he's killed her". At the time I was a Traffic Officer for Cleveland Police.

My sister was murdered in 2008 by her abusive partner. Since then, I've worked tirelessly, as an IDAS Champion and Ambassador, to ensure that people know that support is available.

Becca was subjected to a physical assault and sustained 170 injuries which caused her death. There were signs that the relationship was abusive, but no one could ever have imagined that he would kill her. My beautiful, fun-loving and talented sister was brutally murdered at the hands of her partner due to Domestic Abuse. It is one of those things that you think will never happen to someone you know, let alone someone as close as your sister.

Since that day not one day passes where I don't miss her or think about such a tragic and unnecessary loss of a sister, a mother, niece, aunt, cousin and friend. I have campaigned against Domestic Abuse and supported IDAS, not only to raise funds but also to create more awareness and keep my beloved sister's memory alive. Domestic Abuse, of which there are many forms, is not acceptable under any circumstance.

I am proud to be an IDAS Champion and hope that in telling my story it will help to save the lives of others and encourage people to seek help before it’s too late.

This year is the 10th anniversary of Becca’s death and my family and I are holding our final memorial walk and Family Fun day in memory of Rebecca. We want to remember Rebecca for the good times and for the light and love she brought to our lives.

The 7-mile memorial walk will start at 11am on 12th May at West Tanfield Village Hall. If you’d like to join me in taking steps to end domestic abuse, please register here.

Everyone is welcome to the Family Fun day at the village hall from 1-4pm. There is also evening entertainment with tickets just £2, available from the village store.

If you’d like to donate to our campaign in memory of Becca you can do so on our Just Giving page.

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