Police arrest 17 men for violent attacks on women and girls

Police arrested 17 men for violent attacks on women and girls, including death threats, assault and battery, and harassment.

Officers conducted a ‘day of action’ targeting a number of suspects named for domestic violence offenses including death threats, leaking private sexual images, assault causing actual bodily harm , assault and battery, harassment, malicious communications, and violation of a law not – order of assault.

Those arrested are between 21 and 55 years old and are from the Wirral, Knowsley, St Helens, Sefton, Liverpool and Skelmersdale areas. They are all currently in custody.

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Police said the day of action was “part of our ongoing commitment to address violence against women and girls” and coincides with the launch of their plan to combat violence against women. Women and Girls (VAWG) which aims to target and prosecute offenders, create safer spaces and improve trust and confidence in the police.

A Merseyside Police spokesperson said that across Merseyside and the UK, women and girls face incidents of violence, hate and sexual assault at work, in schools, in public transport, in open spaces and at home. They added “Many of these incidents go unreported and we know more needs to be done to address them.

“Tackling violence against women and girls is already a priority for Merseyside Police and the plan reiterates our commitment to making the difference we know our communities expect of us.”

Chief Constable Serena Kennedy said: ‘Today’s day of action is visible proof of our continued commitment to prosecuting offenders and protecting women and girls and I hope it demonstrates to people that we will take positive steps to bring the perpetrators to justice and build confidence in the victims. and survivors to come forward and talk to us.

“Merseyside Police are absolutely determined not only to respond to reports of crimes against women and girls, but to take every opportunity to reduce this by also making the best use of all the tools at our disposal, including protection orders. and prevention.

“We want to make Merseyside a place where women and girls feel safe and can live their lives free from fear and harassment, but we know this is not something we can do alone. Violence against women and girls is a problem across society and requires a collaborative solution.

“We will work with women and girls to ensure they have a say in how we deliver and develop our services and we will continue to work with our partners to better support women and girls to ensure we that they feel safe, that action is taken in their time of need, and that they have help in accessing emotional support or help with housing or finances.

“Internally, we will continue to develop our force culture and seek out and investigate those who do not represent the professional standards we expect of police and staff. We will also continue to work to ensure there is a force-wide understanding of violence against women and have a culture that displays attitudes and behaviors that will not condone misogyny in the organization or community. »



Chief of Police with DCC Maggie Blyth

Merseyside Police also today welcomed a visit from Home Secretary Priti Patel and Hampshire Deputy Chief Constable Maggie Blyth, who is the National Police’s lead on violence against women and girls. They were able to listen to a number of presentations and meet officers and staff from the Partnership for Violence Reduction, the Unity team responsible for investigating sexual offenses and the Op Cornerstone team responsible for targeting perpetrators of violence. marital.

They were also able to hear about some of the work being done on empowering women within Merseyside Police, including military leadership and the She Inspires football team. Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “Violence against women and girls is a heinous crime, and I am determined to tackle this menace.

“In England and Wales, we are recruiting 20,000 more police officers to help make our streets safer. So far, 629 more officers have been recruited from Merseyside Police and they have opened a dedicated unit to help make our streets safer. ensure that specially trained police officers are available to support rape victims.

“This is all part of delivering on our priority of addressing the diverse crimes of violence against women and girls, which are simply unacceptable and also preventable.” National police co-ordinator for violence against women and girls, Deputy Chief Constable Maggie Blyth, said: ‘It’s great to see so much happening in Merseyside to tackle violence towards women and girls.

“Days of action like this have a real impact and we want the perpetrators of these crimes to know that we will not tolerate any form of violence against women and girls. Action plans, like the one announced today’ today, were developed by all 43 forces so that good work and areas for improvement can be identified and coordinated.

“At the national level and within local forces, we have a good plan for change in policing that the violence against women and girls sector has helped shape and which is in the pipeline. origin of this. In my role as National Police Coordinator, I will review progress and ensure that it is delivered on what we intend to do. While we recognize that there is still much to do, we work hard to bring about meaningful change in the lives of women and girls.

Merseyside Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell said: “Tackling violence against women and girls is a top priority for myself and for the Chief Constable. We are both committed to creating a safer region for all women and girls who live, work and visit Merseyside.

“The publication of this Plan is a very welcome step in this work. It details how Merseyside Police will seek to make improvements in the way women and girls who are victims of violence are supported, how offenders are brought to justice and how they can ensure women feel safer wherever they go. they go.

“An essential part of my role is to scrutinize the Chief Constable on behalf of the Merseyside public. This framework will be a key document to monitor the performance of Merseyside Police to ensure we continue to see improvements month after month, year after year. Much of this review now takes place in public, so our communities can watch and listen firsthand to learn exactly how this work is done.

“The problem of VAWG is deep-rooted and complex and the police cannot tackle it alone. I will do my best to encourage our partners in criminal justice, community safety, health, education and beyond to play their part and I will soon launch my own delivery plan defining actions for all agencies to improve their response to VAWG, ensuring that victims are at the heart of everything we do.

“There is still a long way to go if we are to eradicate VAWG for good, but by working together we can be a force for change, making our region safer for all women and girls.

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