Force supports national framework for male violence against women and girls
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We have pledged our commitment to delivering a new national framework tackling male violence against women and girls.
This work, launched by the Home Office and National Police Chiefs Council today (Wednesday) will see Bedfordshire Police working alongside all other forces under one overarching strategy to radically reduce offending against female victims by largely male perpetrators.
Assistant Chief Constable Sharn Basra said: “The term ‘male violence against women and girls’ refers to acts of violence or abuse that we know disproportionately affect women and girls.
“We have already stood up a Male Violence Against Women and Girls (MVAWG) Board and are exploring ways to improve public trust and confidence, relentlessly pursue perpetrators, and help make public spaces safer for women and girls in our county.
“This builds on much of the work we have already been doing through our dedicated Emerald domestic abuse unit and aims to ensure that victims feel confident and supported in coming forward.
“This goes for our work to protect the public but also, crucially, within our own force. We are aware that we need to work hard to improve the internal cultures of policing to in turn rebuild the trust of women and whole communities.”
Crimes and behaviour covered by the ‘MVAWG’ term include rape and other sexual offences, domestic abuse, stalking, ‘honour’-based abuse (including female genital mutilation, forced marriage, and ‘honour’ killings), as well as many others, including offences committed online. The MVAWG agenda also seeks to tackle harassment, misogyny and sexual misconduct.
Launching this week, Bedfordshire Police’s campaign is running alongside a Crimestoppers campaign to raise awareness about the various forms of unwanted sexual behaviour which can violate a victim’s dignity, and make them feel intimidated, degraded or humiliated.
We are supporting the Crimestoppers platform to help encourage people to call out and report behaviour they see which makes them uncomfortable or creates a hostile environment, and ensuring reporting mechanisms through force are also being promoted to the public.
Anyone wishing to report any instance of male violence against women and girls can get in touch with the police on 101. Always call 999 in an emergency. Alternatively, you can call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.