A call for greater vigilance over crimes against women and sex crimes has been made by Nottinghamshire Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Chris Cutland.
A powerful women’s campaigner well known for standing women’s corner across the county, she told the Gedling Women’s Day event today (Saturday 9 March), that there needed to be greater understanding of crimes against women within the criminal justice system.
“These issues should not swept under the carpet,” she said.
Speaking to 150 people at Gedling Civic Centre, she called for renewed energy in tackling abuse and crime against women, including domestic violence experienced by teenagers.
With many years of experience on the front line in supporting victims of domestic violence, she takes a stance of zero tolerance over violence against women and girls.
Ms Cutland’s views were particularly poignant in the wake of International Women’s Day and the Government’s re-launch of its Violence Against Women and Girls Action Plan.
In 2011 the Government implemented Section 9 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 which has introduced greater multi-agency involvement in dealing with domestic violence. The Government has also created two new stalking offences and the police have been given new powers of entry to investigate them.
But, said Ms Cutland, there is still more to be done.
Tackling domestic violence by giving it extra priority and resources is one of the manifesto pledges made by Commissioner Paddy Tipping. Both he and Ms Cutland are determined to bring these issues out into the open and encourage the reporting of offences to the police.
The Deputy Commissioner also spoke of changes that need to be made with regard to women working within the police, and the roles that are open to them.
She told the event that working as Deputy Commissioner has opened doors for her to speak to more people about crimes affecting women. And this, she said, is just the start.
“One crime is one too many. People, not just the victim, must have the confidence to come forward, secure in the knowledge that an appropriate solution will be found.”
Posted on Monday 11th March 2013