Merseyside's Deputy Police Commissioner is today supporting a Domestic Abuse conference being held as part of 16 days of activism following International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Cllr Emily Spurrell is opening and closing the Domestic Abuse conference which is being hosted by Knowsley Council and Sefton Council to highlight coercive and controlling behaviour and the impact that it has on victims and children.
From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanise action to end violence against women and girls around the world.
The event is among a host of activities being held to mark the campaign which aims to support women, increase understanding and knowledge of the issues and highlight the support that is available – locally, regionally, nationally and around the globe.
Guest speakers at the event include Jacqui Kilburn from Women’s Aid, and professor Evan Stark, who is an award-winning researcher with an international reputation for his innovative work on interpersonal violence.
Cllr Emily Spurrell said: "Addressing coercion and coercive control is one of the most challenging areas for all those involved in safeguarding. It reaches into many aspects of abuse, it can be hard to identify - particularly for a victim who is deeply immersed in a relationship which they may not recognise as abusive - and complex to prosecute.
"Despite those complexities, the creation of this offence is a hugely valuable tool for protecting some very vulnerable people, who may otherwise be susceptible to ongoing threats, humiliation and intimidation. Since it came into force on 29 December 2015, it has helped to rescue some people who have been trapped in a web of control, abuse and manipulation.
“I am delighted to be attending and supporting this conference hosted by Knowsley and Sefton Councils to hear about some of the really effective initiatives already underway to reduce incidents of domestic abuse, protect vulnerable people and support victims. There is still much more that can be done though and events like this one are vital in sharing ideas and helping us all to work closer together to put a stop to this pervasive and damaging crime.”