‘Vi­o­lence against women must end’

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page - BY JOHN MCDOUGALL john.mcdougall@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @JMacD1988

THE metro mayor con­vened a sum­mit to raise aware­ness of the is­sue of vi­o­lence against women and girls (VAWG).

Steve Rotheram brought to­gether key part­ners from across the Liver­pool City Re­gion in­clud­ing the Police And Crime Com­mis­sioner’s (PCC) Of­fice, front­line groups and vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions.

It is part of a wider Liver­pool City Re­gion ini­tia­tive to end VAWG.

Speak­ing ahead of the event, Mr Rotheram said: “Vi­o­lence against women and girls is un­for­tu­nately an all too com­mon oc­cur­rence in the United King- dom and crime statis­tics re­leased this week show, that from June last year, there has been an 18% in­crease in the num­ber of do­mes­tic abuse-re­lated of­fences recorded by police.

“To­mor­row’s sum­mit is an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity for the Liver­pool City Re­gion to take guid­ance from those with ex­per­tise in lead­ing the re­sponse to these hor­ren­dous crimes as we set about es­tab­lish­ing a City Re­gion-wide strat­egy to end vi­o­lence against women and girls.

“My man­i­festo made a com­mit­ment to cre­at­ing a more equal and in­clu­sive City Re­gion and erad­i­cat­ing vi­o­lence against women and girls is a cru­cial part of this.”

Tabitha Mor­ton stood as the Women’s Equal­ity Party’s candi- date dur­ing the metro mayor elec­tion and took part in the sum­mit.

She said: “A re­gion-wide strat­egy to end vi­o­lence against women and girls was a key part of my metro mayor cam­paign.

“We have some of the high­est recorded rates of vi­o­lence in the UK and had no joined up strat­egy to end it.

“I am pleased to be work­ing with Steve Rother­ham, the PCC and the fan­tas­tic NGO’s who are sup­port­ing sur­vivors re­build their lives, to­gether we can make end­ing VAWG a re­al­ity. The Liver­pool City Re­gion strat­egy will be­come the gold stan­dard for how to end VAWG, un­lock­ing women’s po­ten­tial to be part of the growth in the re­gion.”

Cllr Emily Spurrell, Deputy Police And Crime Com­mis­sioner, added: “Vi­o­lence against women and girls cov­ers a wide range of in­tol­er­a­ble and deeply dis­tress­ing crimes.

“Crimes which do not dis­crim­i­nate. They could be tak­ing place in any school or work­place or be­hind any front door.

“A lot of ex­cel­lent work is al­ready be­ing done by part­ners at a lo­cal level and I wel­come this sum­mit as an op­por­tu­nity to bring this to­gether across the city re­gion, to share learn­ing and ex­per­tise to en­sure no wo­man falls through the gaps.

“With the com­mit­ment of the metro mayor and or­gan­i­sa­tions from all sec­tors, we can help to cre­ate a so­ci­ety in which no wo­man will live in fear of vi­o­lence.”

Metro mayor Steve Rotheram

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