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Partners stand up against domestic violence

November 19, 2012, 11:35 am

Community safety partners are joining forces to back a campaign against domestic violence.

Newcastle Safer Communities Partnership is running a series of activities from Monday, 19 November to raise awareness of the crime as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Week.

The national initiative, organised by the White Ribbon Campaign charity, aims to reduce violence against women.

Police cars, fire service vehicles and the borough councils operational fleet will be fitted with eye-catching stickers and white ribbons to drive the message home to residents.

Borough councillors are being invited to sign a pledge at the Civic Offices on Tuesday afternoon that they will never commit, condone or remain silent about violence.

Cllr. Tony Kearon, Cabinet member for safer communities, is also asking all councillors to wear white ribbon lapel badges.

Cllr. Kearon said: “The borough council is committed to working with partners to reduce domestic violence by supporting victims and tackling the underlying causes.

“This weeks events will highlight the joint services we provide to encourage victims to contact us and reiterate that domestic violence is not acceptable and should not be carried out, condoned or ignored.”

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Arch North Staffordshire host a conference for more than 100 delegates at the North Staffordshire Medical Institute in Hartshill on Thursday, 22 November where the focus will be on those who commit offences.

The borough councils domestic violence team will provide advice at Keele University on Wednesday between 10am and 1pm and will be joined by Arch in Newcastle town centre on Friday from 10am to 2pm. There will be a display to represent the 1,607 people who reported domestic violence in the borough in 2011.

Two women are killed by their current or ex-partners each week and one in four will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime.

Chief Inspector Neil Hulme, Newcastle Borough Local Policing Team Commander, said: “We fully support this campaign and the message it sends out – violence against women is not acceptable.

“Our police vehicles will sport a white ribbon to support the international campaign to fight violence against women. Domestic violence is an element of this and often goes unreported, we hope that by working with partners we can assist victims suffering abuse and give them the confidence to seek help. These victims can be safe in the knowledge that they will be fully supported and we will strive to bring offenders to justice.”

Anyone who is suffering from domestic violence can call the North Staffordshire Domestic Violence Helpline on 01782 205500 – the number shows up on phone bills so please use a safe phone – the national helpline on 0808 2000 247, Staffordshire Police on 101 or dial 999 in an emergency.

Sign the pledge at www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk .

101 – The police non-emergency number

101 is the number to call when you want to contact your local police in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland – when it’s less urgent than a 999 call.
Find out more information about 101 by following this link.

 
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