Nottingham

Casey Brittle's mother in safe haven campaign

The mother of a Nottingham woman killed by her partner is campaigning for more help for domestic abuse sufferers.

Casey Brittle, 21, was fatally beaten at her home in Springfield Street, New Basford, in October 2010.

Her mother Victoria Blower said the only way of coping with the loss was to try to stop it happening to others.

She is now campaigning for the Nottingham's Central Women's Aid, a shelter for women which lost its funding two years ago.

Casey Brittle was attacked by her former partner Sanchez Williams while her own daughter was in the house.

Ms Blower said: "I miss her, I just miss her so much. He stole her future and he stole her daughter's future and he didn't have a right to do that."

Turned away

Williams, now 29, was jailed for life for her murder.

"When you have experienced that just absolute devastation of losing a child - what I have done and what I have needed to do is to try and prevent it happening to another parent," said Ms Blower.

Nottingham's Central Women's Aid lost its government funding two years ago but has survived on donations.

It has spaces for six women and 11 children but nationally for every person refuges accept, they have to turn away two more.

"There are not many safe places for women to escape to," Ms Blower added.

"I need to know something positive has come out of this. There are things that happened that I can't change so now I have to focus on the things that I can change, so that is what I am doing now."

The Independent Police Complaints Commission highlighted systemic failures in Nottinghamshire Police's handling of Ms Brittle's case.

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