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PCC renews vow to tackle violence against women

Merseyside / November 25

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner has renewed her vow to tackle domestic violence as she marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner has renewed her vow to tackle domestic violence as she marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

One of the Commissioner’s first public engagements after being elected last year was to join the many women and voluntary groups and charities who work with the survivors of domestic abuse on a parade to commemorate the day on November 25th.

Since then, she has dedicated much of her time to meeting specialist groups providing services for victims and, through chairing Merseyside’s Criminal Justice Board, has worked on ensuring multi-agency support and help is available to survivors of domestic abuse.  

Now, on the anniversary of that parade and as the Commissioner again marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, she has reiterated her commitment to tackling abuse on Merseyside.

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: "Domestic abuse is still largely a hidden crime which happens behind closed doors and which can affect anyone, regardless of social background, age, gender, religion, sexuality or ethnic background.

“I am committed to tackling domestic abuse. It is an issue which is taken extremely seriously by Merseyside Police and I want victims to know if they contact the police or any other agency they will be listened to, believed and understood.  I want victims to be aware of the help and support that is available to them and to urge people not to suffer in silence.”

Merseyside Police’s Detective Chief Superintendent Tim Keelan added: “Violence against women is abhorrent in whatever form is delivered.

“Merseyside Police works closely with partner agencies to intercede and deliver effective interventions to protect the vulnerable within our society.  Domestic abuse is an extremely important issue for Merseyside Police. It is a public protection issue and Merseyside Police has worked hard together with the multi-agency partnership and the Crown Prosecution Service to drive up the standard of response. We have reinforced the need to all front-line officers to maximise evidential opportunities, which has resulted in a significant improvement of the number of people prosecuted for domestic abuse.

“We also plan for occasions when we experience peaks in calls for service in relation to domestic abuse. One such peak, unfortunately occurs over the Christmas holiday period - so we will be mounting a campaign involving dedicated domestic abuse investigators attending such incidents.”

Monday, November 25th is also annual international White Ribbon Day. The campaign urges men to make a public commitment to work towards ending violence against women by never committing, condoning or remaining silent about violence against women.

To mark the day, the Commissioner’s Community Engagement Officer Matthew Garlick joined campaigners in Victoria Square, St Helens, at the ‘Walk a Mile in her Shoes’ event. Donning high-heeled shoes, the men set off from the Town Hall and trekked across Hardshaw Street, Cotham Street and Church Street, led by Mayor of St Helens, Councillor Andy Bowden.

See pictures from this event on the Commissioner's Facebook page.

Show your support for the White Ribbon Day by following @menantiviolence on Twitter or like their Facebook page.