Standing up to Domestic Violence

On 25th November I was invited to be p13-11-25 DV_forum_1art of the panel of Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd’s public forum to show my support for White Ribbon Day and to discuss domestic abuse in Greater Manchester.

Between October 2012 and September 2013 there were 5369 incidents of domestic abuse recorded in Oldham.

Tackling violence and sexual exploitation is one of my top 10 priorities. Although the majority of victims are women and girls, men can also be victims of violence. It may surprise some people to know that domestic abuse happens in all communities across the country.

Each week two women die at the hands of their current or former partners and three more commit suicide.  Today I heard some horrendous examples of domestic abuse perpetrated in Greater Manchester.

It was good to see Greater Manchester Police, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Meeting Ikram Butt, a White Ribbon Ambassador and former England Rugby League Player Courts Service and others attend and look at how they can work together across the region to improve services for victims and them to come forward.

But I will be pushing for more preventative action. We should all be concerned that, according to an NSPCC survey, 43% of young women think it is acceptable for a boyfriend to be aggressive towards his partner. It is never OK.

Domestic violence is unacceptable and must be stopped which is why I applaud Tony Lloyd’s determination to improve services across Greater Manchester for victims of domestic violence on this special White Ribbon Day.

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