Men from GMP today joined the rest of the world in standing up to violence against women by stepping out of their normal working routine in support of International White Ribbon Day.
Key men from the Force and beyond, including Detective Chief Inspector Michael Montford from the Public Protection Division, Head of the Major Incident Support Unit and Senior Investigator Bob Tonge and Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Jim Battle spent time with agencies outside of their usual remit to develop their understanding of the issues faced by female victims of abuse for the international day on Friday 25 November.
Visits will include:
· Detective Chief Inspector Michael Montford joining support charity Independent Choices, who run the Greater Manchester Domestic Abuse Helpline
· Superintendent Tonge will be visiting Oldham’s IVDA (Independent Domestic Violence Agencies)
· DCC Battle will be speaking to volunteers who support Greater Manchester’s STRIVE partnership in Rochdale
All of the visits were designed to give the men an insight into the working day of other agencies that support female victims and their families, in keeping with White Ribbon Day’s theme of “walk a mile in her shoes” but with a Greater Manchester twist – back to the floor events give people an insight into the unknown and give them the opportunity to adopt practices and develop their own in line with partners.
Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Rumney said: “White Ribbon Day is the perfect time for us to come together to develop our understanding of what victim’s need when they have suffered through these horrific crimes and learn from each other to ensure we give the best possible support.
“We work hard all year round to encourage people to come forward and end the fear of domestic abuse but sadly it is still a hidden crime. We must encourage everyone to take a stand against it and pledge to never to condone it or stand by and allow it to happen.”
Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Jim Battle said: ““Domestic abuse has a devastating impact on the lives of victims and their families. It is an issue that cannot be tackled by one agency or individual working in isolation – we have to work together. Today’s initiative is an opportunity to see how this works in practice, and how volunteers play a vital role in supporting victims and survivors of abuse.”
Joanne Simpson, Manager at Independent Choices, who will be welcoming Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Rumney, said: “Independent Choices are delighted to welcome Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Rumney to visit the help line and find out more about our work. It is crucial that men get involved in standing up against violence towards women.
“The White Ribbon Campaign is an opportunity for men to understand more about the dynamics of domestic abuse and gives men an insight into its effects and long-lasting consequences and allows a new possibility for relating with women in a respectful, equal way. ”
Councillor Jenny Harrison, Cabinet Member for Social Care and Safeguarding said “We are delighted to welcome Detective Chief Inspector Michael Montford, Senior Investigator Bob Tonge and Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Jim Battle to work with us as part of the White Ribbon campaign. Tackling domestic violence and abuse is a priority for the council and our partners. It has a devastating effect on the victim but also impacts on the whole family.
“In Oldham we are doing as much as possible to protect victims and families. Through our work we will continue to help victims to either leave violent relationships, live more safely within relationships or support the prosecution of offenders.
“If you are a victim, or you know of anyone who is suffering at the hands of an abusive partner, report it by calling 0161 636 7525.”
Since 2009, the day of awareness has used a white ribbon as a symbol of a world where women can live free from the fear of violence, and is the largest effort in the world of men working to end men’s violence against women.
GMP will be encouraging men across Greater Manchester to wear the symbolic white ribbon and will be using social media to promote the national charity’s website http://www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk.
One in three women across the UK will be a victim of domestic abuse in their lifetime and, on average, two women are killed by a current or former partner in England every week.
For more information, whether you are a victim, friend, family member of neighbour please visit: http://www.gmp.police.uk/domesticabuse .
To contact your local domestic abuse unit call the GMP switchboard on 101. In an emergency where there is an immediate threat to life or property always call 999.