We pledge to stamp out violence against women and girls
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Chief officers and other senior leaders are supporting this year’s White Ribbon Day by making their own pledges to continue to tackle and reduce violence against women – something that remains a top priority for the force.
White Ribbon is a global campaign that encourages people, especially men and boys, to take action and change the behaviour and culture that leads to abuse and violence, both individually and collectively.
This year’s White Ribbon Day aims to encourage individuals and organisations to make consistent choices and actions to change the story for women and girls, so that they may live their lives free from the fear of violence.
Essex Police has promised to support this important day as well as the 16 days of activism that follow.
Assistant Chief Constable Andy Mariner has set out his promise of support:
“I pledge to never stay silent when it comes to violence against women. I will use my voice to amplify this message, this is everybody’s problem.”
And force lead for VAWG, Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Nolan added:
“I will empower others to be upstanders, confidently and positively challenging unwanted behaviour.”
Tackling violence against women and girls
Essex Police is an accredited White Ribbon organisation, and our primary focus is to tackle these offences all year round and continue to reduce men’s violence on women.
ACC Mariner said:
“We are always looking at ways we can continue to improve our service to victims. We will continue to listen, support and use any feedback to shape the way we investigate these offences now and in the future. “It is our force priority to tackle violence against women and girls and we will relentlessly pursue anyone who has abused, controlled, isolated or hurt someone and made them live in fear. “If you have been a victim there is so much support throughout the county, please talk to someone, come forward and report it. You will be listened to.”
“I pledge that Essex Police will continue to work tirelessly to tackle violence against woman and girls by pursuing offenders, prioritising the perpetrators that cause the most harm and supporting and empowering victims to secure justice and peace to live their lives free of fear.” - Chief Constable BJ Harrington
“We want to create safe and secure communities and reducing violence against women and girls is one of the key priorities in the Police and Crime Plan 2021-24. Male violence against women and girls is never acceptable. We have made great progress and the very latest figures show big falls in violence (-12 per cent) and domestic abuse (-17.2 per cent) and we are working to keep them falling.” - Essex PFCC, Roger Hirst
“I pledge that ending male violence against women and girls will be at the forefront of my thinking in my work as Deputy Chief Constable. “ - DCC Andy Prophet
“I pledge to never stay silent when it comes to violence against women. I will use my voice to amplify this message, this is everybody’s problem.” - ACC Andy Mariner
“I will empower others to be upstanders, confidently and positively challenging unwanted behaviour.” - ACC Rachel Nolan
‘I pledge to continue to work towards creating a future where women are free to live their lives without the fear of violence by making our communities, homes and work-places safer for all and to stand with those who call out this behaviour.’ - Ch Supt Claire Talbot
Reducing the risk for victims
Essex Police has made huge strides in reducing the risk for victims. We have increased referrals into victim support services, setting up inclusive forums such as our Victims Feedback Panel to capture victim voices, learn from their experiences and continually improve our services.
We also have several teams dedicated to getting the help to those who need it, including our Rapid Video Response Team, who provide an alternative way for domestic abuse victims to report an incident, meaning we can gather valuable evidence and give support to victims as soon as they report an incident.
Our Domestic Abuse Problem Solving Teams are crucial in helping to break the cycle of abuse. Their work focuses on repeat offenders and supporting victims across the county. They are experts in their field and work tirelessly every day to keep victims of abuse safe.
Reflect on your behaviour
In September 2023, our Reflect campaign, which urges domestic abuse perpetrators to look at their own actions, was recognised at the first National Police Chiefs’ Council and College of Policing’s event for police officers, staff and volunteers who are working to tackle violence against women and girls.
Since its launch in 2022 almost 500 people have contacted our charity partner, The Change Project, for support regarding their behaviour, and reports of domestic abuse have dropped in the 12 months to April 2023.