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Avon and Somerset Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Constabulary representatives will attend a celebration event tomorrow (19/11) to mark the award of White Ribbon Status to Bristol.
The Status award marks the city’s commitment to the international White Ribbon Campaign, launched in 1991 by a group of men in Canada to show their opposition to violence against women.
The celebration event, which is being held from 11.30am in College Green, is part of a series of events being held in Bristol leading up to the International Elimination of Violence Against Women Day on 25 November.
Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) Louisa Rolfe will be joined at the event by Detective Chief Inspector Carolyn Belafonte and Detective Inspector Pete Highway, both from the Force’s Public Protection Unit (PPU), and her staff officer Inspector Liz Hughes, while Dan Howitt will be attending the event on behalf of Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens.
Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I feel immensely proud that Bristol is a White Ribbon city and that men and women are standing up to domestic violence pledging to never commit, condone or remain silent about this terrible crime.
“Violence against women and children remains one of the priorities in the Police and Crime Plan and there are lots of great organisations providing specialist support to victims across Avon and Somerset. Domestic violence is never the victim’s fault and it is important that we raise awareness and encourage people to report.”
ACC Rolfe, who is the national policing lead on domestic abuse, said: “I am very much looking forward to this event, which I am extremely proud to be a part of.
“The award of the White Ribbon Status to Bristol is testament to the close working relationship between all partner agencies and groups in the city who are committed to tackling domestic violence.
“We know many cases of domestic violence remain hidden and recognise the need to do all we can to give victims the confidence to come forward and report the abuse they are suffering.
“We all have a responsibility to challenge attitudes and focus our efforts on giving victims all the support and help they need, which is why we launched Operation Bluestone - a pioneering unit dedicated to investigating rape and sexual assault – four years ago.
“This unit has changed the way rape and sexual assault incidents are dealt with to ensure we put the victim at the heart of every investigation.”
Posted on Monday 18th November 2013