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NPCC Chair calls emergency meeting of chief constables to address violence against women

14 Mar 2021

The Chair of the National Police Chiefs' Council, Martin Hewitt, has called an emergency Chiefs' Council meeting on Monday 15th March to address the issue of male violence against women.

National Police Chiefs’ Council Chair, Martin Hewitt said:

“Sarah Everard’s kidnap and murder is incredibly sad and shocking. 

“We hear the outpouring of grief and anger from women because of their experiences of violence, abuse or harassment and the fear that is part of their lives.  No woman should feel unsafe – at home or on the streets - but far too many do.

“Tomorrow I will bring all chief constables together to discuss what more we can do to help protect women from male violence.  We will particularly focus on the role the police can play in the street harassment that’s far too common and in improving outcomes for women who report violence and abuse.

“More victims of rape, abuse and harassment have the confidence to report to us than ever before.  If you feel unsafe when out or a crime is committed – report it to us. If you experience violence or abuse behind closed doors – report it to us. We are here to help.  We will take it seriously, we will investigate and if a crime has been committed we will do all we can to help you get justice.”