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Force shares commitment to tackling male violence against women and girls on White Ribbon Day

25 Nov 2021

We are sharing our commitment to tackling male violence against women and girls on White Ribbon Day today (Thursday).

Officers and staff including the Chief Constable will be wearing white ribbons to mark the start of 16 Days of Action against domestic abuse and to raise awareness of male violence against women and girls. White Ribbon Day coincides with International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Chief Constable Garry Forsyth said: “I am supporting White Ribbon Day to mark 16 days of focus on tackling male violence against women and girls. For us, this will mean a relentless focus on perpetrators.

“It is really important that we do not blame victims for the abuse that has happened to them, and that they have confidence coming forward knowing that we will act and respond to their concerns.

“A key focus of our strategy is also around ensuring we rebuild trust and confidence in the police among women and girls following the murder of Sarah Everard earlier this year. It vital we listen to them and understand their concerns, and it is clearly our responsibility to address this and help put it right.

“We want you to be involved in shaping our strategy, and to know that your voice is a powerful and strong one.”

A new Violence Against Women and Girls board has been stood up to ensure that the force improves its approach to targeting violent men who harm women, protecting victims and building the strongest cases to bring offenders to justice.

As part of this work, and during the next 16 days, Bedfordshire Police will be working with partners to focus on Awareness, Action and Accountability around domestic abuse and violence.

Helping people to break the cycle of domestic abuse, across police social media channels will be a focus on the different types of abuse and where support can be found.

Detective Chief Inspector Craig Laws, head of our Emerald team, which is dedicated to investigating domestic abuse, said: “We understand that abuse can take many forms - it is not just physical violence, it also covers coercive control, financial abuse and emotional abuse.

“Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, both male and female and regardless of gender, age and background. If someone is constantly calling you names, or making you doubt yourself, or if they control your money, or your contact with friends and family, this is domestic abuse.

“We understand that it can be difficult to speak out, but please be assured that we have a number of highly trained specialists, and work with a number of support services who are here to help.

“We know that people are living with abuse and in fear, and whether you are experiencing abuse yourself, or you are worried for someone you know, there is always help available. No one needs to suffer in silence, please get in touch. We will be ready to listen, when you are ready to talk.”

Call us on 101, always call 999 in an emergency. Alternatively, you can call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

To find out more information and advice about domestic abuse please visit our information pages.

Victims of domestic abuse can also contact Signpost for free and confidential support, whether the abuse has been reported or not.

Signpost’s experienced staff and volunteers know what emotions and challenges victims may be going through. They are specially trained to listen and give help and advice. Often just talking to someone, especially one who is not family or a friend, can help victims, or those affected, make sense of what has happened and find a way to help cope and recover.

They can provide a safe, neutral place for victims to voice their fears, worries and emotions. Their emotional support is confidential and non-judgemental. They also work with a range of specialist organisations and community support groups and can make referrals to help victims on their journey.

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