Throughout November I have been working with the police, local authorities and other organisations within the criminal justice system to highlight the issue of domestic abuse.
We want to raise awareness of the effect domestic abuse has on victims and their families and encourage more people to report it. I know you’ll agree that we all have a responsibility to speak out for victims and to stand up against perpetrators.
I would like to offer my thanks to those of you that attended one of my consultation events. By sharing your views and experiences you have helped me identify ways in which services for victims of domestic abuse can be improved; your contribution to this process is crucial in ensuring that the needs of victims are heard so that service delivery remains victim focused at every stage of the reporting process.
I want to keep our conversation going, if you have any ideas or suggestions on how services could be improved please let me know.
The culmination of the consultation events was a public forum where the evidence you provided, and recommendations deriving from it, were presented. Greater Manchester Police, the Crown Prosecution Service and other agencies were questioned on how they are tackling the issue of domestic abuse and how they plan to make improvements to their services.
No one agency can stop domestic abuse alone; by calling together these services I hope we can build on the good work that has been started and work together to end domestic abuse.
I am very much aware of how difficult it can be to talk openly about experiences about domestic abuse and I want to express my gratitude for your valuable contribution.
Tony Lloyd Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester