Shropshire Star

More needs to be done for domestic violence victims, says AM

A politician insists more needs to be done to keep women like murdered Hollie Kerrell safe from domestic abuse.

Holly Kerrell

Mrs Kerrell, 28, lived in Knucklas, near Knighton and was murdered by her husband Christopher who attacked her with a hammer in April last year.

He was jailed last year after admitting a murder charge on the first day of his trial.

Now Mid and West Wales AM, Joyce Watson, has called for more to be done to end the 'cycle of violence',

After raising issues about crime in Mid and South West Wales, she said she was “shocked” to find that 66 out of 283 domestic abuse cases in the Dyfed-Powys Police force area had not been recorded properly.

She said: “In April, Hollie Kerrell, a mum-of-three from Knighton, was murdered by her husband. Every week in England and Wales, two women are killed by a man they know. Thousands more – one in four – will experience violence at the hands of a partner.

“We need systems in place and good men to come forward to end the cycle of violence. For Hollie it is too late. For her sake let’s pledge to live up to the White Ribbon promise to ‘never commit, condone or remain silent about abuse’."