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Suffolk councillors pledge support for refreshed strategy to tackle violence against women and girls



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Efforts to accelerate work refreshing a strategy to tackle violence against women and girls have been pledged by Suffolk councillors.

Suffolk County Council is currently in the process of refreshing its strategy which aims to bring perpetrators to justice, create a safe society for women and girls to live without fear of violence and intervene earlier to support victims.

Unanimous support was given to a motion put forward at Suffolk County Council’s full council meeting on Thursday afternoon for work on the strategy to be supported and accelerated, and promote it widely once it is approved.

Endeavour House in Russell Road, Ipswich. Headquarters of Suffolk County Council. Picture: Jason Noble
Endeavour House in Russell Road, Ipswich. Headquarters of Suffolk County Council. Picture: Jason Noble

Councillor Andrew Reid, Conservative cabinet member for public health, public protection and communities who brought forward the motion, said Suffolk police had received more than 12,000 reports of domestic abuse in the last year and Suffolk’s Domestic Abuse line had also taken more than 600 calls since May 2020.

He said: “We are bringing this motion to highlight the need to reinforce our strategy and efforts to reduce violence against women and girls, which includes amongst other crime types, domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Councillor Andrew Reid. (53479735)
Councillor Andrew Reid. (53479735)

“It’s incumbent on all of us to not only recognise this issue and lead by example but to send a strong message that violence against women and girls will not be tolerated.”

The next stage of the refreshed strategy will see it presented this month to the Safer and Stronger Communities Board for support.