Force recognised by campaign to end violence against women and girls
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Senior police are proud to announce that Hertfordshire Constabulary has achieved White Ribbon Accreditation – acknowledging the force’s commitment to ending male violence against women and girls.
The announcement comes on White Ribbon* Day (Friday 25 November) which also marks the start of the national 16 days of activism against domestic abuse.
The constabulary will be supporting local partnership and national activity to raise awareness of gender-related abuse throughout the 16 days.
Tackling violence and abuse against woman and girls (VAWG) is a priority for the force. Earlier this year the force launched a “VAWG strategy” which directs work and policing activity across all parts of the organisation.
Among 10 new strategic objectives, the strategy commits the force to:
ensuring it listens to the voices of victims to shape the service it offers them
identifying places around the county where people feel vulnerable and working with partners to address these and improve feelings of safety
tackling offending by identifying potential perpetrators earlier and using the criminal justice outcomes to not only disrupt and stop offending, but also educate and change harmful behaviours
demonstrating that only the highest standards of behaviour will be tolerated within the force. There is no place for misogyny or other discriminatory behaviour.
As part of White Ribbon accreditation, the force will create ambassadors and champions among officers and staff who support the message within the organisation.
The force must create and deliver a comprehensive Action Plan as part of accreditation. This will sit alongside the force’s current strategy.
Detective Chief Superintendent Amanda Bell, who is the force’s strategic lead for VAWG, said: “We are proud to achieve White Ribbon accreditation. White Ribbon UK is a nationally recognised campaign, and it marks our commitment to tackling violence against women and girls.
“It is our number one priority to make Hertfordshire safer for everyone and increase public confidence in the police and criminal justice system.
“We recognise the concerns that have been raised following the shocking death of Sarah Everard by a then-serving police officer. We continue to work with the public and partners to understand and address community concerns. We also continue to review and improve our own policies, practices, and officer training to ensure we recognise and respond to the needs of women and girls.”
David Lloyd, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire said: “Misogyny in all public life needs to be called out everywhere, including the police. In receiving the White Ribbon accreditation Hertfordshire Constabulary have sent out another strong message that the organisation will uphold the principles of good governance for those from protected characteristics.
“Tackling domestic abuse and violence against women and girls is one of the priorities of my latest Police and Crime Plan and I commend the constabulary on building on the already excellent work they are doing in this area.”
*White Ribbon is a global campaign that encourages people, and especially men and boys, to individually and collectively take action and change the behaviour and culture that leads to abuse and violence. To wear a white ribbon is to promise to never to commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.