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Devon and Cornwall Police support launch of The Woman’s Centre Cornwall

Devon and Cornwall Police support launch of The Woman’s Centre Cornwall

Devon and Cornwall Police is today, Thursday, March 8, 2018, supporting the launch of The Woman’s Centre Cornwall.

The Eden Project will today be hosting the Safer for Women Conference 2018 - a day of events to mark the launch which will include presentations from national and international experts in the field of violence against women and girls.

Devon and Cornwall Police Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said: “Today marks a major step forward for The Women’s Centre Cornwall in publicising the services and advice it can offer women across the county at a time when it is most needed.

“Access to specialist services when women have been a victim of sexual or domestic abuse requires exceptional sensitivity and expertise. The Women’s Centre is not only providing this support and advice to victims, but also offering training to my staff to better support a victim from that first point of contact with law enforcement.”

Thursday’s conference, marking International Women’s Day, will also see a presentation from Assistant Chief Constable on the issue of misogyny and the ongoing work to in future recognise this as a hate crime in Devon and Cornwall.

Chief Constable Sawyer added: “I am acutely aware of the need for my officers and staff to have a better understanding of misogyny and the impact this can have on a victim.

“While we are not ready to record this as a hate crime immediately, with a commitment to better training and awareness, Devon and Cornwall Police will be developing a pilot project with a view to making misogyny a recordable hate crime across Devon and Cornwall and the Isle of Scilly.

“The Women's Centre Cornwall and Devon Rape and Sexual Abuse Services will become reporting centres to support the project which we will closely monitor and evaluate.

“Nottinghamshire Police has successfully piloted this and is now recording hate crime in this area, I want to ensure Devon and Cornwall Police can rise to this challenge and proactively deal with any report of misogyny made to us.”

Chief Constable Sawyer further added: “Working with our partners who have so much expertise and innovation in this area is critical to successfully exploring how we can best support this and other areas such as gender-based hate crime.

“Event’s like today inspire me to ensure those of us in the criminal justice system support victims as much possible and work in partnership to listen and act on victim’s needs.”

 


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