Commissioner Sue Mountstevens promises to help women and children who become the victims of violence
POLICE and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens supported International Women’s Day by promising to tackle violence against women and children.
Ms Mountstevens said: “Women and girls across the world continue to suffer from high-levels of domestic, rape, sexual violence and female genital mutilation and I believe it's time for action.
“Here in Avon and Somerset, I have met a number of fantastic organisations which offer support and valuable services for women. Just like them and many other people I meet, I want to see improvements.
"I want to see awareness of these issues increase and more women having the confidence to come forward and report their abuse to the police.
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“In the next few weeks I will publish my plan to tackle violence against women and children. I believe that by working with support and voluntary organisations and having a holistic approach change and improvements for women suffering abuse are possible.
“It will be a privilege to be part of a show dedicated to International Women's Day not only to highlight the unequal suffering of women but also their success.”
This year’s United Nation’s theme for International Women’s Day, which was on Friday, was: “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women.”