As Newsnight lead with domestic violence last night looking specifically at how police forces deal with it, I watched as political point-scoring seemed the order of the article rather than the very real issue of the inconsistencies in approach from one force to force. I sat trying to fathom how on earth we, society, got so very blasé about this most prevalent and morally repugnant of crimes.
For those of you who missed it, lead article here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03y45c1/Newsnight_10_03_2014/ …
One in four women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime and one woman every three days is murdered by an ex or current partner. If such horrific numbers were attributed to deaths at football stadia, there would be a national outcry! But, hey…nothing! Why not? Are we closing our eyes and ears to what is perceived an ‘invisible’ issue because without any direct knowledge or experience of how debilitating and dangerous a crime domestic violence is, we live in ignorant bliss believing it will never happen to us?
Let’s put it more simplistically: know four women? Statistics suggest that one of these four women will be experiencing domestic violence at some point in her life. That time could be now. As stigma surrounding domestic violence still prevails, it serves to stifle voices reaching out as shame hides deep inside its victims, fearfully of being judged….a deafening silence that translates to only few being able to voice what is happening. And when a victim is brave enough to report, the police response is wholly inadequate in some UK regions at bringing perpetrators to justice.
Chances are high that one day, this same said crime might just be impacting your life, too. Think it can’t and won’t happen to you? You simply don’t know…it can creep into your life like some virus infection and take hold before you know it, rendering you immune to reality and at it’s devastating mercy.
So, I urge you to write to the Chief Constable of your police force as well as your Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and ask them what they intend to do about reducing this abhorrent crime whilst effectively holding perpetrators to account. Ending Victimisation and Blaming @EVB_Now have kindly drafted a letter to help you make contact with your Chief Constables and your PCCs, wherever you live (details are included per region). Simply copy and paste:
Don’t waste another minute thinking domestic violence won’t happen to you, that no-one you know is a victim of it and why should you bother…bother because one day it could be YOU or someone you love needing a trained police response with effective policing that leaves you feeling heard, believed, safe and proud – not further abused by inadequate policing towards domestic violence.
Together, we have a MASSIVE voice! Lets use it!
Email this draft letter to your Chief Constables and PPCs – NOW!