Stephen has given his full backing to the Norfolk Says No campaign against domestic abuse and sexual violence and has made this one of his key challenges.
Stephen said, “The figures on domestic abuse are staggering with 31% of women and 18% of men having experienced domestic abuse since the age of 16 years, equivalent to 5 million women and 2.9.million men. We know that domestic abuse is largely under-reported and we need to ensure that victims feel confident in coming forward to report abuse and ensure that perpetrators are dealt with effectively.
“I want agencies to work together, share resources and expertise and continue to develop and improve the services already provided.
“We need to stop domestic abuse happening in the first place. We need early intervention to break the cycle. This year’s campaign is targeting children and young people, to help ensure healthy respectful relationships in their adult lives and to make them aware who to turn to for support if they are witnessing or are victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence.
“All agencies, including schools, youth groups and places where young people spend a lot of their time, need to play a part, particularly in providing appropriate support. It is vital that all professionals dealing with victims of abuse have had the right level of training to provide support and act appropriately when confronted with a victim.”
Along with key agencies and individuals, Jenny McKibben, deputy PCC is attending the launch and will be re-signing the letter of commitment to “work together to support and protect victims and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence and their children, as well as bringing perpetrators to justice,” and concludes “Everyone deserves a life free from abuse. There are no excuses and no exceptions”.
The Norfolk Says No campaign is aimed at raising awareness and highlighting that both victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse and sexual violence can be of any gender, any age, any social and professional classes, any mental or physical ability, any race or religious belief and any sexual orientation.
Details of the campaign and local events are available at Norfolk Says No.
The Norfolk Says No Campaign uses the white ribbon as its brand; the national White Ribbon Campaign* aims to raise awareness of wider domestic abuse issues, and challenges many myths and stereotypes surrounding domestic abuse. There will be opportunities during the week to buy white ribbons and further information can be found at The White Ribbon Campaign.
Norfolk Chief Fire officer Nigel Williams is asking men across Norfolk to sign up to ‘Norfolk Men Say No’
Facts and figures:
- Domestic violence accounts for 16-25% of all crime in England and Wales.
- Each year since 1995 approximately half of all women aged 16 years or older murdered in England and Wales were killed by their partner or ex-partner (currently 2 women per week).
- In 2012/13 there were 13,089 incidents of domestic abuse reported to Norfolk Constabulary – 3,210 were crimes. Violence against the person accounts for a large number of these, with criminal damage as second.
- 25% of homicides in Norfolk are domestic abuse related.
Useful links and numbers:
Report Abuse on 101. In an emergency call 999.
National Domestic Abuse and Refuge Helpline: 0808 2000 247
The Harbour Centre – Sexual Assault Referral Centre: 0845 456 4810
Male Advice Line: 0808 801 0327
Sue Lambert Trust – support for survivors of sexual abuse. 01603 622406 9am -5pm Monday to Friday
Telephone Helpline 0808 808 4121 Mondays 6-8pm and Fridays 12 noon – 2pm
Domestic Violence – Home Office