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Volunteers needed for mass Burpee-thon to help end domestic violence

Volunteers needed for mass Burpee-thon to help end domestic violence

Every nine minutes police in Scotland get an emergency domestic violence call.

It was barely three months ago that Police Scotland Chief Constable Sir Stephen House revealed the true scale of the problem at a domestic violence conference in Edinburgh.

While he noted that the significant increase in the numbers of people coming forward to report these crimes was encouraging, he also said he believed that the figures were the "tip of the iceberg".

A staggering 58,976 domestic incidents were reported in 2013-14.

There were 357 reported cases of domestic rape, 81% up on the 197 cases reported the previous year.

Now, a group of concerned Scots are stepping forward to help fight back.

via STV via STV

Women and men from all over Scotland are joining forces for a mass Burpee-thon to help end domestic violence.

Set to be held in Glasgow toward the end of February, volunteers from across the country are being asked to join them for an event which aims to set a record target of 10,000 burpees in as short a time as possible.

Organiser Emma Jayne Saanen, 31, explains why.

"Domestic violence is a very difficult issue to face - it's not as simple as just walking away if you find yourself a victim - it's so much harder than that," she said.

"I’ve been affected by domestic violence as has my family, so it’s very close to home. It's definitely not easy to just walk away."

Emma and her Krav Maga Scotland group, a self-defense technique developed for the military in Israel, came up with the idea to do a public challenge to raise awareness of the issue along whilst raising vital funds for local Women's Aid support charities.

Set to be held at Yoga studio In the Moment near Charing Cross in Glasgow, the event involves a group of willing volunteers doing as many burpees as they can on February 21.

Volunteers from cities across the country have already stepped forward.

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If you would like to support the cause and take part, you can do so by emailing Emma here.

"It's something I think victims don't often talk about - they keep silent in order to cope," added Emma, who works full time as a carer.

"I would hate for other people to be stuck in a similar situation like I was. If you can speak to someone you can then see that there might be a way out, which is why the support these charities provide is so important."

Main image of Emoke Farkas-Krista, taken by Alan Clark. Both are taking part in the challenge.

If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this article or would like more information on domestic violence support in Scotland, you can contact Scottish Women's Aid here or call the 24/7 domestic abuse helpline on 0800 027 1234.

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