Liverpool City Region leaders release new mission statement in fight against violence against women and girls
Liverpool City Region leaders have today marked International Women’s Day by pledging their shared commitment to combatting Violence against Women and Girls in a new mission statement.
Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Cllr Emily Spurrell and Merseyside Police’s Assistant Chief Constable Serena Kennedy have joined with a host of agencies, women’s equality campaigners and partners across the city region to highlight the priority they are placing on preventing VAWG across the city region.
The release of the ambitious vision is part of the Liverpool City Region’s work to develop a wider initiative to end violence against women and girls. It follows on from a summit convened by the Metro Mayor in October 2017 at which partners gathered to start the process of developing a joint multi-agency approach to tackling the scourge of VAWG.
Leaders are now working together with frontline community and voluntary groups, community safety partners and key stakeholders on a wide-ranging Liverpool City Region action plan to end violence against women and girls. The plan aims to bring all partners together in one comprehensive and coordinated effort, which ensures all victims benefit from the same level of protection against violence.
Today’s announcement also signals the next stage of the long-term strategy which will see an in-depth consultation process undertaken involving a host of agencies and networks across the city region. It will involve listening to the experiences of victims and survivors to understand their priorities and inform a strong new collaborative approach to end gendered violence.
Since the summit, a host of exercises, services and innovative initiatives have already been announced which focus on safeguarding communities, including:
During the next stage of the process the Combined Authority is focusing on using the consultation process to establish a better understanding of:
We want to learn from the very best practice from our region, the UK, and internationally before apply it locally to achieve better outcomes for our communities going forward.
Speaking to mark the launch of this joint approach, Metro Mayor for the Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram, said:
“The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is committed to building a fair and inclusive city region where everyone, irrespective of their ability, age, economic circumstances, sexual orientation, race, faith or gender is given the opportunity to thrive.
“This can only be achieved if all of our residents are safe and feel safe. This is why a key priority for the Combined Authority is to highlight and tackle the issue of violence against women and girls across our city region. I look forward to working with key stakeholders to ensure that our strategy can make a meaningful change to women and girls across our region and put an end to the scourge of gendered violence.”
Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Emily Spurrell, said:
“No woman or girl chooses to be a victim of crime or subjected to violence. As a region, we must be committed to ensuring those who do suffer at the hands of others get the very best possible care and support and ultimately focus on putting a stop to VAWG for good.
“Through the Victim Care Merseyside service, the Police Commissioner and I have already pledged more money and enhanced services to support some of the most vulnerable women in our region. As we mark International Women’s Day, I am delighted to join the Metro Mayor and our partners in reaffirming our pledge to ending VAWG and announcing the next steps towards creating a region-wide strategy aimed at making this a reality.”
Assistant Chief Constable, Serena Kennedy, said:
“Nobody should be forced to live in fear and I want to reassure our communities that Merseyside Police is dedicated to tackling all forms of violence and abuse.
“We know that some women and girls feel trapped and frightened and feel they have to suffer in silence but I want to assure them that there are a lot of organisations – including ourselves – who will help them if they need it.
“We have specially trained officers who are focused on listening not only to those that are victims but those that know people who are victims. We want them to come forward in confidence so we can take action.
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