Dudley Domestic Abuse event 22 March 2014
'One in Four' - meeting the domestic abuse challenge
Domestic abuse is still a worryingly common
behaviour that is under reported as a crime. It usually involves
patterns of behaviour characterised by the misuse of power and
control by one person over another who are or have been in an
intimate relationship. It can occur in mixed gender relationships
and same gender relationships and has profound consequences for the
lives of children, individuals, families and communities. It may be
physical, sexual, emotional and/or psychological. The latter may
include intimidation, harassment, damage to property, threats and
Partner organisations under the mantle of Dudley Safe and Sound
Partnership are ensuring there is a provision of activity and
support services for victims of domestic abuse. However there
is still more joined up working that might be done to prevent
domestic abuse, and to ensure victims feel confident of the support
services provide when they report abuse.
Speaking about the event taking place in Dudley on 22 March
2014, Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner Judy Foster said, "I
would like to use this event to provide good information on
what is available. I would like everyone to better understand
who are the key partners in dealing with domestic abuse and how to
signpost victims and their families to these services.
Finally it will be important for us to debate the impact of
domestic abuse on the wider community if we are to effectively plan
interventions in the future.
"I am very grateful for the presence and support of Commissioner
Bob Jones, and his deputy Yvonne Mosquito at this event. There will
be the opportunity to ask questions of them, and all the other
speakers during the morning."