Dudley Domestic Abuse event 22 March 2014

'One in Four' - meeting the domestic abuse challenge

Judy FosterDomestic 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 financial abuse.

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."