Merseyside's Deputy PCC will today join a summit convened by the Metro Mayor to raise awareness of the issue of Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG).
The summit, hosted by Metro Mayor, Steve Rotherham, will bring together key partners from across the City Region, including frontline community groups and voluntary organisations, and is part of a wider Liverpool City Region initiative to End Violence Against Women and Girls.
Speaking ahead of the event, Steve Rotheram said: “Violence Against Women and Girls is unfortunately an all too common occurrence in the United Kingdom and crime statistics released this week show, that from June last year, there has been an 18% increase in the number of domestic abuse-related offences recorded by police.
"Tomorrow’s summit is an important opportunity for the Liverpool City Region to take guidance from those with expertise in leading the response to these horrendous crimes as we set about establishing a City Region-wide strategy to end violence against women and girls.
"My manifesto made a commitment to creating a more equal and inclusive City Region and eradicating Violence Against Women and Girls is a crucial part of this.”
Cllr Emily Spurrell, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, added: “Violence against women and girls covers a wide range of intolerable and deeply distressing crimes. Crimes which do not discriminate. They could be taking place in any school or workplace or behind any front door.
"A lot of excellent work is already being done by partners at a local level and I welcome this summit as an opportunity to bring this together across the city region, to share learning and expertise to ensure no woman falls through the gaps. With the commitment of the Metro Mayor and organisations from all sectors, we can help to create a society in which no woman will live in fear of violence.”
Tabitha Morton, who stood as the Women’s Equality Party’s candidate during the Metro Mayor election and is taking part in the summit, said: “A region wide strategy to end violence against women and girls was a key part of my metro mayor campaign. We have some of the highest recorded rates of violence in the U.K. and had no joined up strategy to end it.
I am pleased to be working with Steve Rotherham, the PCC and the fantastic NGO's who are supporting survivors rebuild their lives, together we can make ending VAWG a reality. The Liverpool City Region strategy will become the gold standard for how to end VAWG, unlocking women's potential to be part of the growth in the region.”