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More than 1,000 domestic violence incidents in Warrington in past year
8:00am Monday 16th December 2013 in News
WARRINGTON North MP Helen Jones is calling for more help to be given to victims of domestic violence, with more than 1000 incidents reported to police in the town this year.
Latest police figures show the scale of domestic violence in Warrington with leading officers vowing to stamp it out.
Women are far more likely to be victim to abuse than men, statistics indicate, and Mrs Jones wants better support provided.
She said: “If we believe what ministers said at the last Home Office questions, they are having lots of meetings.
“What it certainly isn’t doing is tackling violence against women, ensuring that victims are protected and that the perpetrators are caught and prosecuted.
“In almost every area of their lives women’s safety is under threat.
“When street lights are turned off late at night, it’s women going home from a late shift or returning from a night out who feel the fear.
“When police response times rise, shop workers, many of them women, are left alone to deal with those who abuse and attack them.
“Health service cuts leave women working in the community without the safety alarms they need.
“When staff are removed from stations women travellers feel more at risk.
“As we develop our policies for the next election we need to make sure that women’s safety is at the heart of what we do.”
In Warrington in 2013, police have been called to 1,110 incidents where violence has been committed in the home.
Officers say an increase is expected over Christmas and into the New Year.
In November there were 84 incidents of domestic violence, and in October there were 82.
Cheshire Police is backing national campaign White Ribbon.
Ass Chf Con Ruth Purdie said: “Violence against women should not, cannot and will not be tolerated, by our staff or officers.
“This is why we are giving our full support to the campaign, through which people around the world can openly and publicly proclaim their opposition to, and condemnation of, violence against women in all its forms."
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