Call to action for forces to join global peace movement to highlight domestic abuse

Forces can join the Peace One Day domestic abuse coalition

Police in the UK are invited to highlight domestic abuse as part of a global movement called Peace One Day.

The international day of action, declared by the United Nations as a global event, will take place on Monday, 21 September 2015 and is an opportunity for forces to help raise awareness of domestic abuse.

So far, 20 out of 43 forces in England and Wales have signed up to the Reducing Domestic Abuse coalition.

We are currently undertaking a national review of training and best practice on investigating domestic abuse and are aiming to publish new national guidance, known as Authorised Professional Practice (APP), for forces in September, along with new toolkits for frontline officers.

Our national domestic abuse coordinator, Detective Chief Inspector Steve Jackson, said: "Unfortunately domestic abuse remains a pervasive problem and it's important that we do all we can to raise awareness of this issue.

"Victims need to know that they're not alone and they need to know that they will be listened to by police.

"The College is leading on several pieces of work to improve standards in this area and we have overhauled training to ensure officers focus on the victim's experience and the pattern that may be behind a single incident of abuse.
"We are intending to publish our new APP next month, along with products to assist forces in training and development.

"Peace One Day is a great opportunity to help make a difference and to highlight individual work by forces.
"Currently there are 21 forces signed up to the movement in England and Wales and I would urge other forces to sign up too.
"The more united we are on this front and the stronger our collective spirit, the bigger different we can make."

Forces can contribute to the Peace One Day campaign on social media using the hashtag #PeaceOneDay.

For more information and to sign up, visit the Peace One Day website.

The forces signed up so far are:

  • Avon and Somerset   
  • Cheshire   
  • City of London   
  • Lancashire   
  • Cumbria   
  • South Wales   
  • Thames Valley   
  • Hampshire   
  • South Yorkshire   
  • Suffolk   
  • Gloucestershire   
  • Essex   
  • West Mercia   
  • Devon and Cornwall   
  • Greater Manchester   
  • Warwickshire   
  • Dyfed Powys   
  • Merseyside
  • Hertfordshire
  • Surrey

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