Woman with mission to help others

ARMED with reassuring words and a car load of crime prevention advice, Julia Dessaur is a woman on a mission.The mother-of-two is touring Suffolk giving talks aimed at making women feel safer.

ARMED with reassuring words and a car load of crime prevention advice, Julia Dessaur is a woman on a mission.

The mother-of-two is touring Suffolk giving talks aimed at making women feel safer.

Her appointment has been prompted by research that revealed females in the county feel much less safe than men.

In the past few weeks, two women have been raped in the Ipswich town centre area following nights out in the town.


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Mrs Dessaur hopes that giving out safety tips and providing support will remind people attacks are still relatively rare.

Included in her talks is advice on safety in the home, on the streets, in vehicles and nightspots. A central theme of her role is to remind women to trust their feelings.

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She said: "Women tend to underplay their instincts. We're in a technical world and you tend to rely on that, but we've survived on our instincts for hundreds of years.

"Women should never underestimate their intuition. If it's telling you it's not right then it's probably not."

Keeping doors locked, avoiding dark alleys, sticking with friends and using licensed taxis are some of the tips.

Reducing the fear of crime is part of Suffolk Constabulary's Suffolk First initiative, which seeks to make the county the safest in England and Wales by next year.

According to its own statistics, the force is already the safest in England.

Mrs Dessaur said: "Suffolk is a safe county to live in but when women were surveyed it was found they were found to be feeling less safe than men.

"Men and women are to very different species. Women will admit more readily to feeling unsafe, but the advice we give out applies to both sexes and men have been at some of my talks."

Mrs Dessaur said he has been well-received by her audiences and believes it may partly be due to the fact she is a woman and mother herself.

"I do use personal anecdotes, but not too many," she said.

"I think it can help get the message across and not come across as me spouting the official line."

Do you feel safe in Suffolk? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

For more crime prevention advice, call Suffolk police on 01473 613500.

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