‘Violence against women must end’
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