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Staffordshire Police line up to tackle domestic abuse

October 20, 2017

A campaign to tackle domestic abuse received welcome support this week as Staffordshire Police began training a number of officers and members of staff to become domestic abuse champions.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire currently funds Staffordshire Women’s Aid to provide free training for businesses who want to participate in the scheme and 150 champions have already been recruited from the business sector.

Every year, nearly 2 million adults suffer some form of domestic abuse.

Locally, 23,083 domestic abuse incidents were reported 2015-2016;

The scheme was developed to support victims and aims to reduce the number of offences.

There’s also an economic impact, domestic abuse costs the economy £23 billion a year and employers £1.7 billion a year.

Sue Arnold, DPCC said:

‘I’m delighted that Staffordshire Police, as one of our major employers is supporting the Domestic Abuse Champions initiative. Victims should never be afraid to come forward, whatever sector they work in.’

‘This scheme helps to raise awareness of the signs of abuse but more needs to be done to change attitudes and tackle the perpetrators. It’s not only the right thing to do, it makes good business sense.’

Speaking about the training ACC Emma Barnett said:

‘Our officers and staff play a significant role in helping to put a stop to domestic abuse in communities. However, they may also be victims, so the role of the Work Place Domestic Abuse Champions is to raise awareness and to provide support, including guiding towards specialist services.’

Any business wishing to take part in the scheme is asked to email: workplace.support@staffordshire.pcc.pnn.gov.uk

Pictured Left to right: Emma Barnett ACC Staffs Police, Sandy Sykes Staffs Woman’s aid and Sue Arnold Deputy PCC

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