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Suffolk Police launch their support for White Ribbon Day with a 16 day campaign

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Suffolk Police have joined forces with authorities from across the county to support White Ribbon Day tomorrow.

The campaign, an annual event that marks the United Nations International Day for the elimination of violence against women and girls, runs from November 25 until December 10.

Over 16 days, the force will be raising awareness of the issues and impact of violence and abuse by sharing details of support and advice.

White Ribbon Day is November 25. Picture: iStock
White Ribbon Day is November 25. Picture: iStock

Domestic abuse affects thousands of women and their families which, in many cases, has been exacerbated due to lockdown restrictions.

Every week there are over 100 children and young people in Suffolk alone affected by incidents of domestic abuse where the police have to be called, data from Operation Encompass has revealed.

Suffolk Police have teamed up with Suffolk County Council, the East of England Co-op and Ipswich Town Football Club to help support the campaign across communities.

Superintendent Kerry Cutler said: “At Suffolk Police, we pledge never to commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.

"Our officers are dedicated to building safer communities and it’s important that we use this time to raise awareness about where people in Suffolk can go for help and advice if they are experiencing violence or are concerned about someone.

“For those who want help to change violent behaviour, there is support available. Domestic abuse can have a long-lasting effect on the victims and impacts the whole family.

"There is simply no excuse for domestic abuse and we urge perpetrators to make the right choice and choose to stop. The Respect Phoneline offers confidential advice and support to help encourage change and stop abusive behaviour.

“I believe that women and children in Suffolk should feel safe whether they are at home or not.”

Tim Passmore, Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner, added: "“Since becoming PCC, I have spent time talking and listening to those who support people affected by domestic abuse and I have been utterly shocked by the extent of this problem.

"Through my commissioning my office funds a large number of organisations which support victims of this terrible crime and we also fund perpetrator projects to help violent men change their behaviour which has proved extremely successful.

“Domestic abuse ruins the lives of victims and has a devastating impact on their families, sadly children are often involved and can be severely traumatised with the effects stay with them for life. We need to do all we can to stop this.

“I am very proud to support the White Ribbon campaign and I’d ask everyone to join me in not condoning this dreadful crime. I urge you – if you see or hear it, please don’t ignore it.”