Suffolk constabulary raise awareness around domestic abuse

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As part of the national domestic abuse week Suffolk Constabulary met with charities, partner agencies and representatives from Suffolk County Council to raise awareness.

The meeting is part of a national police campaign to explain what it is doing to protect victims and highlight where support is available from charities and local authorities.

The meeting comes as Suffolk Constabulary is launching Clare’s Law, a national initiative which gives individuals the power to request background information about their partner to find out if they have an abusive past.

During the last quarter of 2013 – October 1 to December 31 – there were 2,102 recorded incidents of domestic abuse in Suffolk, an 11 per cent increase when compared to the same quarter in 2012. Of these 2,102 cases nearly a quarter had experienced abuse before.

Of the crimes committed, 74.6 per cent were of a violent nature, with 38 per cent resulting in the victim suffering some form of injury.

Organisations, including Anglia Care Trust and Women’s Refuge, met Suffolk’s domestic abuse team to discuss the services they can offer, as well as promoting a new leaflet campaign launched by Suffolk Constabulary and Suffolk County Council.

The leaflet outlines what domestic abuse is and includes details of where help and advice can be found.

Detective Chief Inspector Adrian Randall, of Suffolk Police’s Protecting Vulnerable People, said: “Often victims of domestic abuse might not even realise that their relationship is abusive but even if they do many find it difficult to break the pattern and leave.

“We hope this event will make some people realise that what is happening to them is not right and that there is a lot of support out there both locally and nationally.

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore said: “Building confidence to enable victims to report these crimes is extremely important and we need to take a multi-agency approach.

“It is crucially important that we do all we can to prevent this terrible crime as well as support the very vulnerable victims and this is a key part of my Police and Crime Plan.

“I have allocated funding to domestic violence organisations across the county and will continue to do all I can to support this valuable and important work.”