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PCC Helping Fund Surrey Fight to Stem Violence Against Women

Published on: 17 Mar, 2021
Updated on: 17 Mar, 2021

David Munro

David Munro, Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner, has condemned the violence involved in the tragic death of Sarah Everard in London, stressing the importance of listening to women and girls who feel unsafe.

He expressed concern for all women who have experienced violence or unwanted attention, saying meaningful action was needed to address all forms of male violence against women.

He welcomed the move by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary to work with police in identifying how to better protect women and girls, and supported Surrey Police in tackling all forms of such violence, including stalking and domestic abuse.

Police chiefs across the country are now reviewing the response to violence against women and girls.

The PCC said: “Sarah’s death has resonated with everyone in our community, including women and girls who have been a victim of crime and others who have expressed anger and fear.

“I’ve spoken with the Chief Constable and Surrey Police are committed to ensure every woman and girl can feel safe in our communities. This means listening closely to the concerns of all residents.

“I want to reassure every woman or girl who has experienced unwanted attention or violence, or are fearful for their safety, that Surrey Police are there for you. Please report it and it will be taken with the utmost seriousness.”

Surrey Police say women should not have to live in fear or change their behaviour to keep themselves safe, but gatherings remain unlawful.

The PCC is continuing to help prevent offences against women and girls that includes all forms of sexual violence, abuse, harassment or stalking.

His office has funded training sexual violence investigation specialists and victim support organisations, including more independent sexual violence and domestic abuse advisers in Surrey. Mr Munro said the services these specialists provide were highly valued to support women who may be living in fear of violence.

The PCC’s record funding for these areas in the past 12 months also included support for a new service to help those affected by stalking.

See also: XX Notes: A Female View of Violence Against Women in Guildford

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