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Sussex Police praised for work at tackling domestic violence
Sussex Police has become the first police force in the country to gain White Ribbon Award status – awarded in its recognition of its work at tackling domestic violence.
Sussex Chief Constable Martin Richards said: "Domestic abuse is still largely a hidden crime occurring behind closed doors.
"Last year we launched a campaign to encourage earlier reporting of domestic abuse and encourage its victims to talk to police and partner agencies and not suffer in silence.
"We want the crime of domestic abuse to be frowned upon as much as any other crime and for victims to be aware of the help and support that is available from both the police and partner agencies.”
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, said: "Sussex Police will be the first force in the country to be awarded White Ribbon status. The White Ribbon campaign focuses on the obligation of men to speak out against domestic abuse and violence to women.
"I am championing the issue of domestic abuse as a priority in my role and it is a key focus in our Police and Crime Plan. I am working closely with Chief Constable Martin Richards to ensure that all Sussex officers and staff demonstrate their commitment to the campaign through the wearing of a white ribbon lapel pin and a number of other initiatives to raise awareness."
The force's White Ribbon status was launched by the Chief Constable, Mrs Bourne and Mr Green at the Gentleman of the Road Stopover Festival in Lewes on Saturday.
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