Men working to end mens violence against women

A calling by men - to men - to end violence against women

​Men across the country are being called on to support a campaign to end violence against women.

We're supporting this year's White Ribbon Campaign, which began in 1991 and is the largest effort in the world of men working to end men's violence against women.

The campaign involves wearing a white ribbon as a personal pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.

It urges men and boys to wear a ribbon for one or two weeks, starting on 25 November, the International Day for the Eradication of Violence Against Women.

Our national domestic abuse co-ordinator Detective Chief Inspector Steve Jackson said officers and police staff should get behind the campaign.

"Police are often the first people on the scene of a domestic abuse incident and we aim to support the victim as much as possible.

"Through the White Ribbon Campaign we can also send a direct message to those carrying out abuse that we will not remain silent, commit or condone it." 

Nationally, the police service is reviewing training, academic evidence and policing professional practice on investigating domestic abuse.

He added the College is leading on several pieces of work to improve standards, prevent serious harm and save lives.

''It is important that individual police officers and the organisation have the right mind-set when dealing with domestic abuse," he added. 

''There is a clear link between initial police attendance, risk assessment, safety planning and the subsequent criminal justice outcome. Victims need to have confidence in the police service but we must accept that we cannot do this in isolation. Partnerships across the entire profession is key to our future success.''

Last month, people across policing who work to tackle domestic abuse were recognised during an inaugural awards ceremony.

The Domestic Abuse National Champions Awards, sponsored by us, brought together domestic abuse champions from across the country to share ideas on improving the policing response and taking time to reflect on the achievements of those who have worked tirelessly to tackle the issue.

One of our employees, Sharon Stratton, won an award for 'dedication and commitment to homicide prevention.

Sharon, a former detective inspector at the Metropolitan Police, has worked in the area of domestic abuse for two decades and is co-author of an acclaimed practical hand book for practitioners entitled 'Policing Domestic Violence'. She has trained thousands of officers throughout the country and beyond.

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