Police and PCC to raise awareness of domestic abuse

Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.
Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.

Northumbria Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner are launching their  Walking On Egg Shells – Week of Action campaign to help raise awareness of domestic abuse today.

The week of action aims to raise awareness about what abuse is, how it can affect people, and what police and partners can do to help support victims.

The force will continue to promote its “Are you always walking on egg shells?” campaign to encourage people to report abuse.

There will also be a specific focus each day throughout the week which will give advice and information about domestic abuse.

Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird will also be launching the Domestic Abuse in the Workplace strategy, which will see some of the North East’s largest organisations sign up to the scheme.

Northumbria Police has already signed up to the scheme which helps provide a network of support for employees who may be suffering abuse or have concerns for a colleague.

The drive also coincides with the Association of Police Chief Officers (ACPO) In Focus – domestic abuse, which runs from today until Saturday.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Gary Calvert said: “It is important we highlight the effective work and commitment of police and partner agencies tackling domestic abuse to give people the confidence and strength to report it.

“It is also important for people to understand that abuse isn’t necessarily about violence – it can be any sort of emotional control over another person.

“Domestic abuse is a priority for the force and we have been working with the Police and Crime Commissioner to ensure we meet the highest of policing standards when dealing with abuse.”

Northumbria PCC Vera Baird said: “Domestic abuse and violence can often be a silent crime – a crime which happens but is not reported to police.

“Anyone suffering from domestic violence should always seek help from the police. Officers will be sympathetic and helpful and, as well as tackling the policing aspects, will help connect people with local groups and organisations which can give both the support and advice people need.

“I’d like to assure everyone that the police will pursue criminal justice outcomes if they can but will not think you are wasting their time if you don’t want to go to court, they do want to help.

“We’ve been piloting with a local women’s organisation having one of their workers going out to calls with officers to ensure victims get practical help as soon as we know they have a problem. We will keep looking and finding new ways of giving people support to make themselves safe and stop the abuse.”

Anyone wishing to show their support or would like to know more about the Walking on Egg Shells – Week of Action can join in @NorthumbriaPol #walkingoneggshells or internet search Police Egg Shells.

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