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Andy, IDAS champion
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Andy, IDAS champion

Andy shares his story about the tragic murder of his sister Becca at the hands of her abusive partner.
Andy Overton IDAS Champion

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On May 8th, 2008, I received a phone call from my mother - "It's Becca, she's dead, he's killed her". At the time I was a Traffic Officer for Cleveland Police.

My sister was murdered in 2008 by her abusive partner. Since then, I've worked tirelessly, as an IDAS Champion and Ambassador, to ensure that people know that support is available.

Becca was subjected to a physical assault and sustained 170 injuries which caused her death. There were signs that the relationship was abusive, but no one could ever have imagined that he would kill her. My beautiful, fun-loving and talented sister was brutally murdered at the hands of her partner due to Domestic Abuse. It is one of those things that you think will never happen to someone you know, let alone someone as close as your sister.

Since that day not one day passes where I don't miss her or think about such a tragic and unnecessary loss of a sister, a mother, niece, aunt, cousin and friend. I have campaigned against Domestic Abuse and supported IDAS, not only to raise funds but also to create more awareness and keep my beloved sister's memory alive. Domestic Abuse, of which there are many forms, is not acceptable under any circumstance.

I am proud to be an IDAS Champion and hope that in telling my story it will help to save the lives of others and encourage people to seek help before it’s too late.

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