Police and Crime Commissioner Conservative Candidate, Caroline Henry Press Release:
The Home Secretary, Priti Patel, visited Nottinghamshire to meet BWP, a Domestic Abuse Charity, to discuss the UK’s Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy and talk to those involved with the charity. BWP provides confidential Outreach and Children’s Services, Counselling, Drop-in sessions, and Training, all aimed at supporting and empowering women to lead independent, safe lives free from Domestic Abuse.
BWP were honoured to receive a visit from the Home Secretary, Priti Patel to discuss male violence against women and girls. Colette, along with other key members of the BWP team advised the Home Secretary on how Lockdown has affected the women and children they support.
Colette said: “When we were approached by Caroline Henry to ask if we would like a chance to discuss the impact of Domestic Abuse and male violence against women and girls with the Home Secretary, we jumped at it. The whole team at BWP work tirelessly to support and empower women and children affected by Domestic Abuse, so we were incredibly grateful and proud to be able to talk to the Home Secretary about the vital work we do, and importantly the changes that need to happen within the law and family law courts that could better support, not penalise survivors of Domestic Abuse. We feel confident that the Home Secretary will go on to address these in Government.”
The visit to BWP, organised by Conservative Police & Crime Commissioner candidate Caroline Henry, comes weeks after the death of Sarah Everard which saw the Home Secretary re-open the Government’s Violence Against Women consultation. To date it has received more than 160,000 responses. Caroline Henry has secured the support of the Home Secretary to begin Nottinghamshire’s very own gender-based violence strategy if elected on 6 May, bringing together the third sector and Government for a more local approach.
Priti Patel, Home Secretary, said: “It was inspiring and thought-provoking to spend time with these amazing women at BWP. The Government is listening and is committed to acting on the evidence we have received so far from the consultation.”
“I am committed to working with Caroline Henry if elected as Police & Crime Commissioner to put in place tougher sentencing and changes in our legal system, to ensure that we back victims over the perpetrators of these heinous crimes. I know Caroline will begin to shift the balance of justice and back victims over criminals.”
This visit from the Home Secretary and Police & Crime Commissioner candidate, Caroline Henry, is a testament to the increased efforts being taken locally and nationally to tackle Domestic Abuse.
If you or someone you know is experiencing Domestic Abuse, please call one of BWP’s specialist workers on 01773 719111. Although this is not a 24-hour support line, you can leave a message on the confidential answer phone and your call will be returned the next working day. If you require out of hours help or advice you can call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.
If you are experiencing Domestic Abuse, please do seek help.