Beds police backs international campaign to tackle domestic abuse

PUBLISHED: 17:01 01 December 2018

Bedfordshire police is backing the 16 days of action. Picture: lolostock Getty Images/iStockphoto

Bedfordshire police is backing the 16 days of action. Picture: lolostock Getty Images/iStockphoto

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Bedfordshire Police is supporting an international campaign to raise awareness of and tackle domestic abuse.

The 16 Days of Action campaign started on Sunday which was White Ribbon Day – the international day of the elimination of violence against women – and ends on December 10, which is Human Rights Day.

The Beds police focus for this year’s campaign is ‘Hidden Victims’, as domestic abuse is a crime that often happens behind closed doors.

Throughout the campaign, the force is collaborating with its partners at the Bedfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership, on a series of awareness events around the county, and will be supporting this with its own social media campaign, aiming to give the hidden victims of Bedfordshire the confidence to talk about what is happening to them.

Head of the Emerald team – which is dedicated to investigating domestic abuse and sexual offences – Dt Ch Insp Jerry Waite: said: “No one should live in fear of someone else in their life. 
“It is important that action is taken against controlling, threatening or violent behaviour and that victims are given a voice.

“When that person is your partner, husband, wife, boy or girlfriend, or an ex or family member, we recognise how difficult it is to acknowledge what is happening and how impossible it may seem to think about getting help to end the abuse.

“If you are in a relationship where you feel you don’t have a choice or a voice, where you feel you are not in control of what is happening to you or your family or you feel like you or your children don’t matter, then it’s time to talk to someone and get help.”

Statistically, domestic abuse often goes largely unreported, but especially when the victim is male, from the black or ethnic minority, or from LGBT communities.

One in four women and one in seven men will suffer domestic abuse in their lifetime – this means that somewhere in the region of 77,500 women and 43,600 men across Bedfordshire will be affected by this crime.

If you have concerns about a person’s behaviour towards another, or you fear for someone’s safety you can contact police in confidence on 101 and always call 999 in an emergency.

For advice about domestic abuse, please visit the force’s website, where there is information and details of partner agencies who can find the right help for you.

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