December 12 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Fewer than half of domestic violence crimes against women resulted in a charge or caution in Suffolk last year, new figures have revealed.
Statistics released under Freedom of Information laws showed just 45% – 1,116 out of 2,447 – domestic violence crimes involving female victims ended in a “positive outcome” (a charge or a caution) in the county in 2012.
Gill Dean, operations manager at Lighthouse Women’s Aid, which supports victims of domestic abuse and runs a refuge centre in Suffolk, said women are made to feel worthless as men seek “power and control”.
“Their self-confidence is broken down as they are continually insulted. They don’t find it easy to share with friends and family being controlled in that way,” she added.
“They worry about the consequences, especially if they are living together with children.
“But nobody should tolerate violence or abuse. Everyone is worth more than that.
“We encourage women to call police first and advise them to get hold of their passports and bank details if they are thinking of leaving.”
Detective Chief Inspector Stuart McCallum said Suffolk Constabulary is “committed to taking positive action against domestic abuse” and insisted it was vital that victims had the confidence to report domestic abuse to the force.
He added: “Our priority is to ensure victims and repeat victims get the help and support they need and we will continue our focus on solving and resolving the offences that are important to the public.
“With more people having that trust to report domestic violence we can protect the vulnerable and interrupt the cycles of horrific abuse that victims go through.”
Call Lighthouse Women’s Aid refuge centre on 01473 745111 or their helpline on 01473 228270.