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King's Lynn police officers supporting Government 'Enough' to violence against women and girls campaign

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This month I would like to talk to you about how Norfolk Constabulary and, in particular, Lynn police officers, are supporting the Government’s “Enough” to violence against women and girls campaign.

The campaign, launched nationally on Tuesday, highlights different forms of violence against women and girls and promotes simple acts that anyone can take to challenge perpetrators of abuse. It is important that women and girls are able to live their lives feeling safe in their communities.

The “Enough” campaign works alongside the Street Safe campaign launched late last year which allows any members of the public to report, anonymously, areas where they feel unsafe.

Domestic abuse stock photo from Kent Police.
Domestic abuse stock photo from Kent Police.

So far, the data collected from these reports show the top behavioural concerns being reported are verbal and other harassment and feelings of being followed. We know that visible policing can provide our communities with reassurance and my officers continue to carry out visible foot patrols across the Lynn area.

At the time of writing this article I am able to tell you that my officers have carried out 123 separate foot patrols over the last 28 days in areas. As you may expect many of these patrols have been in the Lynn town centre, but officers have also been out on foot, engaging with our communities and providing that visible, reassuring presence outside of the town centre, in areas including Estuary Close, Hamlin Way, Anthony Nolan Road and Cross Bank Road.

If you see our officers out on foot patrol I would encourage you to stop and chat with the officers and use the opportunity to discuss any local concerns you may have.

Wesley Hornigold.
Wesley Hornigold.

While patrol officers initially will be focusing on the issue of street harassment and unwanted touching, we recognise that to break the cycle of violence against women and girls it is equally important to work to prevent violence and harassment occurring in the first place.

Officers from our Safer Schools, Local Policing Team and Engagement continue to provide educational talks in our schools and with local community groups about staying safe and healthy relationships. Letting acts of abuse pass can make the perpetrators think their behaviour is acceptable.

It is important that you help break the cycle by reporting abuse when you witness it.

You can report abusive incidents to police by calling 101 or using our online reporting forms at www.norfolk.police.uk and in emergency always call 999.

If you are in a situation where you think it is unsafe to speak you can dial 55 and you will be transferred to a police call taker trained to deal with “silent calls”.

By working together we can all play a part in making our communities a safer place to live, work and visit.

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