Domestic violence campaign launched

SUFFOLK Police have today given their full backing to a White Ribbon campaign against domestic violence.The 16-day campaign, which started today and ends on December 10, is part of an international focus against gender violence and the global message for men and women is to not 'commit, condone or remain silent about abuse'.

SUFFOLK Police have today given their full backing to a White Ribbon campaign against domestic violence.

The 16-day campaign, which started today and ends on December 10, is part of an international focus against gender violence and the global message for men and women is to not 'commit, condone or remain silent about abuse'.

Deputy chief constable Jacqui Cheer said: “Domestic abuse continues to be a priority for Suffolk Constabulary, and as part of this year's campaign, information will be circulated to all officers and staff from December 1 as part of a '100 per cent' campaign to encourage a continuation of 100 per cent commitment from all.

“This year has also seen the roll out countywide of the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences for those at high risk victims of domestic abuse and Suffolk Constabulary is pleased to be working closely with out partners through this and other initiatives to reduce the harm caused by this crime.”

Posters will also be distributed to all police stations and other public venues to encourage people to report incidents to police or other agencies, especially in areas where this crime is under-reported.

To increase early identification and intervention, information will also be provided to encourage third parties (like family, friends or an employer) who suspect someone is being abused, to contact and provide information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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Work has also been undertaken in partnership with the Church of England Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. Church bells will ring across Suffolk at noon on Saturday to 'break the silence' of domestic abuse.