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Four officers have been appointed by Nottinghamshire Police to help ensure the force continues to help reduce violence against women.
The four 'White Ribbon' ambassadors have been named as the campaign marks its annual awareness day. White Ribbon is a worldwide movement run by men who know that there is never an excuse for violence against women. They pledge never to condone it, or to stand by when they know it is happening.
The four ambassadors for Nottinghamshire Police are Detective Inspector Pete Quinn, Detective Chief Inspector Andy Gowan, Detective Chief Inspector Leigh Sanders and Sergeant Nigel Bradley.
Pledges to support the White Ribbon campaign can be made online here
A record number of people in our region are being prosecuted of violent crimes against women.
Latest figures from the Crown Prosecution Service show there were more than ten thousand prosecutions in Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire in the last twelve months.
Almost three quarters of cases relating to domestic violence in South Yorkshire led to a charge in the past year.
New figures from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the force show there were a record number of domestic violence referrals, prosecutions and convictions.
The latest statistics from the CPS show that in 2013-14, South Yorkshire Police referred 2,551 domestic violence cases to the CPS.
Nearly 75% (1,890) of those referrals led to a charge, the highest volume ever recorded.
Of those prosecutions, 77% (1,360) resulted in a successful conviction
Figures issued as part of the ‘Violence against Women and Girls Crime Report 2013-2014’, show that in South Yorkshire 1,766 prosecutions were completed by the CPS for domestic violence in 2013-14, an increase of 26.3% from 2012-13.
Detective Chief Inspector Natalie Shaw, South Yorkshire Police lead on domestic violence, said: “We are committed to tackling domestic violence and bringing perpetrators of this heinous crime before the courts.
West Yorkshire Police have today launched a week long campaign highlighting the issue of domestic abuse.
Domestic Abuse week runs until Saturday to raise awareness of the support available to both victims and offenders and to offer multi-agency training in recognising and responding to domestic abuse
West Yorkshire Police officers are called to an average of 100 domestic abuse reports every day. Domestic abuse can occur in any relationship regardless of age, sex, class or race.
We know that on average, a victim suffers abuse on 35 occasions before calling the police. I would encourage victims to step forward and seek our support and the support of partners as soon as they can. This In Focus week is to raise awareness of this crime and to demonstrate, in very practical ways, how those that suffer from abuse can be safeguarded and how determined West Yorkshire police are to identify, track down and deal with offenders.
A domestic abuse victim has spoken of how her life changed once she spoke out about what was happening to her.
Michael Billington reports: