COMPASSIONATE coppers have been displaying their support for victims of domestic violence by tying white ribbons outside their police stations.
Police stations across Cheshire have been decorated with the ribbons as officers show their commitment to reducing the level of violence that women in the county face from their partners and former partners on a daily basis.
The tying of the ribbons coincides with the national violence against women day last Sunday, where organisations across the country will be displayed the symbol to increase awareness of domestic violence and ensure that man take more responsibility for reducing the levels of violence against women.
Research shows that domestic violence affects one in four women, and with two women being killed very week by their partners or former partners Cheshire Police are urging any woman who suffers from domestic abuse to not “suffer in silence” and to report any incidents immediately.
Assistant Chief Constable, Ruth Purdie who placed a ribbon outside the force’s HQ in Winsford said: “Cheshire Police regularly encounter incidents of domestic violence, which can often be life threatening and destroy the lives of women.
“We urge all women who are experiencing domestic abuse to report it to Cheshire Police in the first instance. Don’t suffer in silence.”
Cheshire Police have supported the White Ribbon Campaign for several years, but this year officers have tweeted their pledges of support to thousands of followers on social networking site Twitter in a bid to raise awareness of the horrific consequences domestic violence can have.
To read the officers pledges, visit www.cheshire.police.uk to sign up to your own local twitter police sites.