HELPING CHILDREN OF DOMESTIC ABUSE
Hart police are searching for local people who knit or crochet, to help make “Bobby Buddies”, teddy bears for children involved in domestic abuse incidents. The popular toys provide a comfort to youngsters in often distressing situations and have proven to be a success in previous years. Detective Sergeant Adam Merrick stated:
We were so lucky to have had so many people help us previously and the bears were really well received. These little bears really do help to provide comfort and reassurance to young children when we attend an incident they have been involved in or have witnessed, and can help break down that initial barrier. Not only do they reassure the child, making it easier for us to talk to them and find out what has happened, they also help to distract the child if we are trying to talk to their parent. The children who receive these bears would have been through a lot and would be recognised as a victim of domestic abuse in their own right under the new Domestic Abuse Act. Being able to greet them with this small gesture really does make a difference and helps put a smile on their face at a difficult time in their lives.
Below: Bobby Buddies!
If anyone would like information on how to get involved with knitting these bears, they can find the patterns in the link below. Finished bears can be handed in at the Hart Council Offices during business hours.
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