Police join forces to tackle domestic abuse

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger.
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger.

Police joined other forces across the country to highlight domestic abuse as part of a global movement day, known as Peace One Day.

The international day of action yesterday was declared by the United Nations as a global event.

Inspector Helen Eustace, of Cleveland Police, said: “Peace One Day is a fantastic opportunity for forces to unite together to help raise awareness of domestic abuse.

“It is important that we do all we can to highlight the issue and to support victims wherever we can by listening to them, investigating each case thoroughly and preventing any further incidents from occurring.

“Victims need to know that they are not alone and that there is help and support out there for them to access.”

Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, said: “Preventing domestic abuse forms an important part of the Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy which I advocate alongside my colleagues in Durham and Northumbria.

“It is important that we unite to raise awareness and support victims. I have carried out a lot of work on this issue including funding body worn video cameras across Cleveland which are regularly deployed at incidents of domestic abuse.

“The cameras can capture evidence of incidents which can then be used in prosecutions. Video links have also been made available which link into court rooms from support agencies, meaning victims don’t have to attend court to give their evidence.

“I am also currently working with various employers across Cleveland to encourage them to implement a policy around supporting any employees who could be victims of domestic abuse.”

At present, a national review of training and best practice on investigating domestic abuse is taking place and the aim is to publish a new national guidance known as Authorised Professional Practice (APP) for forces this month along with new tool kits for frontline officers.

For more information visit the Peace One Day website www.peaceoneday.org/coalitions/reducing-domestic-violence.