Let’s make a stand against domestic violence – Commissioner

Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner is calling on communities to stand together and say no to domestic violence.
Greater Manchester Police dealt with 60,464 cases of domestic abuse in the 12 months to September, an increase of 1,715 compared with the previous year. While an increase in incidents suggests that more people are coming forward to report domestic abuse, there are still many cases that go unreported. Tony said: “These figures should shock us all into making a stand against domestic violence if we are serious about ridding society of this crime which has untold, long-lasting effects on victims and their children.  “While the increase in reporting suggests that more people have the confidence to come forward, there are still too many victims suffering in silence. We all have a responsibility as decent human beings – whether a friend, relative, teacher, neighbour, doctor – to speak out for victims and
stand up against the perpetrators.” Tony’s comments follow the launch of a ground breaking initiative that will see domestic abuse specialists based in hospital Accident and Emergency departments. For the first time in the UK, Victim Support workers will work alongside emergency staff to train staff to help identify victims and make the process of referring them to support services much simpler.
Following a successful pilot in Fairfield Hospital, Bury, the scheme has been rolled out to Rochdale, Bolton, Tameside and Oldham, thanks to funding from the Commissioner. “I’ve met and listened to victims of domestic violence and this is exactly the sort of service they’ve been crying out for.
This initiative is a lifeline for the hidden victims, empowering them to access support services much earlier.”
Throughout November, Tony Lloyd will be encouraging people to report domestic abuse and raise awareness of the services and support available to victims, including the establishment of Independent Domestic Abuse Advisors and the introduction of Clare’s Law. He is also encouraging councillors, MPs, partner agencies and local people to sign a promise to work together to say no to domestic abuse.
You can sign up to the promise and find out more about the month of action at  www.gmpcc.org.uk/endthefear/