In conjunction with the ‘White Ribbon’ campaign which aims to eradicate domestic abuse, officers have carried out two days of action and dealt with over 40 suspected domestic abuse offenders in Liverpool.
On Wednesday, 28 November, officers and staff from the Protecting Vulnerable People Unit attended a number of addresses across Liverpool resulting in 13 arrests and seven people voluntarily attending for interview.
A second day of action yesterday (Wednesday, 5 December) resulted in nine arrests and 11 people voluntarily attending for interview in relation to domestic abuse offences.
A number of Domestic Violence Disclosures, or ‘Clare’s Law’ disclosures, which allow members of the public to ask the police if their partner may pose a risk to them, have also been progressed.
The action supports the White Ribbon Campaign, which aims to raise awareness of abuse against women, particularly domestic abuse, and encourage greater reporting of this hidden crime.
Detective Inspector Paul Lamb from the Protecting Vulnerable People Unit said: “We are extremely passionate about supporting this campaign and hope that we can encourage victims of abuse to come forward and talk about what they are experiencing and seeing.
“We’ve had great success with our days of action resulting in arrests for offences from assaults through to rape, meaning a number of women will now no longer be at risk.
“16 days of action follow White Ribbon day, which took place on Sunday 25th November however our work to pursue suspects and assist victims of domestic abuse continues all year round. We are dedicated to tackling all forms of domestic abuse and we want anyone suffering in silence to know we have specially trained officers to investigate domestic crime.
“Merseyside Police is focussed on listening not only to those that are victims but those that know people who are victims. We want them to come forward in confidence so we can take action.”
Anyone with information on domestic abuse can contact @MerPolCC, 101 or @CrimestoppersUK, anonymously on 0800 555 111.