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Suffolk police support new campaign

PUBLISHED: 13:14 25 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:52 05 July 2010

A NEW White Ribbon campaign, which has been launched today, is being backed by Suffolk police.

Officers from the constabulary will be giving "100pc" backing to this year's White Ribbon campaign, which is part of 16 days of international focus against gender violence and ends on December 10 - Human Rights Day.

A NEW White Ribbon campaign, which has been launched today, is being backed by Suffolk police.

Officers from the constabulary will be giving “100pc” backing to this year's White Ribbon campaign, which is part of 16 days of international focus against gender violence and ends on December 10 - Human Rights Day.

The global message is for men and women to not “Commit, Condone or Remain Silent about abuse.”

Deputy Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer said: “Domestic abuse continues to be a priority for Suffolk Constabulary, and as part of this year's campaign information will be circulated to all officers and staff from December 1 as part of an 100pc campaign to encourage a continuation of 100pc commitment from all. This is from the point that the initial call is received reporting an incident, to 100pc positive action in response to when a crime has been committed. This year has also seen the roll out countywide of the MARAC (multi agency risk assessment conferences for those at high risk victims of domestic abuse) and Suffolk Constabulary is pleased to be working closely with out partners through this and other initiatives to reduce the harm caused by this crime.”

Posters will also be distributed to all police stations and other public venues to encourage people to report incidents to police or other agencies, especially in areas where this crime is under-reported.

To increase early identification and intervention, information will also be provided to encourage third parties (for example, family, friends or an employer) who suspect someone is being abused, to contact and provide information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Work has also been undertaken in partnership with the Church of England Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. Church bells (which traditionally have rung out warnings as well as celebrations) will ring across Suffolk at noon on Saturday, November 29 to 'break the silence' of domestic abuse. This follows 18 months of joint work including presentations to equip local churches to support victims and signpost to other agencies, which has been showcased nationally.

Marianne Fellowes, County Domestic Violence Projects Manager, welcomes these initiatives.

“When an individual is a victim of domestic abuse their access to information and support can be limited by the member of family, partner or ex-partner that is abusing them,” she said.

“They often keep silent about the abuse they are suffering. However, family members or friends or members of a social group often suspect or know abuse is occurring. This campaign is one of many ways in which Suffolk Constabulary and partner agencies work together to break this silence, to encourage people to report, and to let people know that support is available.”

If you or someone you know is affected by domestic abuse there is a 24hr helpline 0800 783 5121 or log on to www.breakthepattern.org.uk

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