Tony Lloyd calls for an end to violence against women as he attends a candlelit vigil to remember the dozens of women who are killed as a result of domestic abuse each year.
The vigil, held in Barbirolli Square next to the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester city centre on Monday 10 December, remembers people who have been killed by their partners or who are still suffering domestic abuse.
Figures show that one in four women experience domestic abuse in their lifetime and two women across the country are killed each week by their partner or ex-partner, with more complaints of domestic violence and abuse made to the police during the Christmas period.
This vigil comes as Greater Manchester Police urge victims of domestic abuse to seek help during the run up to Christmas and during the Christmas period.
Campaigns against domestic abuse have been taking place across Greater Manchester as part of the international United Nations’ Ending Violence Against Women Campaign – 16 days of action aimed at highlighting the issue and letting victims know how they can get help to escape their abusers, which runs from 25th November to 10th December.
Tony said: “Every victim of domestic abuse should shock us all if we are serious about dealing with this problem and more needs to be done to protect victims.
“Domestic violence blights lives because of its prolonged impact on victims and where other family members, especially children, are drawn in this can make violence more acceptable to them as they grow up. I am here today to show my support for those who have suffered from domestic violence and to say to victims, come forward and receive the support and care you deserve.”
Councillor Sameem Ali, Manchester City Council’s lead member for women’s issues, said: “Sadly, too many people know somebody who has been a victim of domestic abuse, and this event enables us to let them and their families know we are thinking of them, while also raising awareness of the issue and encourage victims to come forward.
“Domestic abuse should no longer be a taboo, and we will only hope to be able to put an end to this problem when people are no longer afraid to talk about it.”
Detective Superintendent Phil Owen said: “We must do all we can to raise awareness of the support available to those affected by domestic abuse. Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy but sadly for those victims, it is the time of year they dread the most.
“Whether you are at risk, or know somebody that is, please remember that help is available and nobody has to suffer in silence.”
If you or anyone you know is suffering from domestic abuse, you can contact the Domestic Abuse Helpline for help or advice on 0161 636 7525.