Victim of domestic abuse? Seek help now, say Police and Crime Commissioners

Are you living with domestic abuse? This is the time to seek help, says a new campaign by the Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables.

Tony Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester and Chairman of The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, said: “Tackling domestic abuse is a key priority for Police and Crime Commissioners. Domestic abuse is unacceptable and encompasses a number of different crimes. Last year, the Office of National Statistics claim there were two million incidents of domestic violence.”

Commissioner Lloyd added: “Police and Crime Commissioners understand the need to create an environment where domestic abuse is not tolerated and where our children and young people grow up to recognise the value of healthy relationships.”

Observing that domestic abuse occurs in all walks of life, Commissioner Lloyd said “victims must be confident that their needs will be taken into account should they take the brave step to disclose information.”

The workplace, Commissioner Lloyd said, should provide greater support for victims of domestic abuse. “Police and Crime Commissioners are working with businesses to help employers spot the signs of domestic and sexual abuse amongst employees and offer support or a route to safety,” Commissioner Lloyd said. “Police and Crime Commissioners are also very supportive of their local refuges and other support services which continue to play an important role in supporting victims. I want to encourage greater co-ordination between support groups and the police to ensure that victims feel confident to speak out.”