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Operation Athena, as it was known, ran from 26th November to 30th November. During that week, specially trained Community Safety Units lead other police officers in targeting prolific and dangerous offenders thought to be responsible for both incidents of domestic violence and other hate crimes.
Speaking about the operation, Assistant Commissioner Simon Byrne, the Met’s head of Territorial Policing, said:
"The scale of the violence and abuse caused by those in domestic relationships is shocking. About one third of all women will suffer some form of physical or sexual abuse at the hands of their partners.
Suffering behind closed doors should not and cannot be ignored. We all have a responsibility to put a stop to domestic violence.
We are committed to tackling all of forms violence, and will make sure we play our part in supporting and protecting victims of both sexes. It is also importantly about demonstrating to abusers that their actions have legal, and in some cases, long lasting consequences.
There is no place in London for domestic violence or those cowardly crimes committed because of someone's race, religion, sexuality or disability."
As well as the arrests of suspected abusers, the Metropolitan Police also took part in outreach work within the local community, which included running workshops for the victims of abuse and opening multi-agency drop-in centres for those needing help with domestic violence or abuse.
Source: Family Law Week
From the United Nations website:
“By resolution 54/134 of 17 December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the problem on that day. Women's activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981. This date came from the brutal assassination in 1960, of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961).
On 20 December 1993 the General Assembly, by resolution 48/104, adopted the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women.”
On 25th November 2012 UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon gave this message of support for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women:
"Millions of women and girls around the world are assaulted, beaten, raped, mutilated or even murdered in what constitutes appalling violations of their human rights. [...] We must fundamentally challenge the culture of discrimination that allows violence to continue. On this International Day, I call on all governments to make good on their pledges to end all forms of violence against women and girls in all parts of the world, and I urge all people to support this important goal."
Suffering domestic abuse, or seeing a relative or loved one experience abuse in the home can be an unpleasant and even terrifying ordeal. It doesn’t matter whether the abuse is physical, emotional, sexual or psychological or over what period the abusive behaviour occurs, domestic violence is against the law.
Canter Levin & Berg have specialist domestic violence solicitors who deal exclusively with cases involving people who have suffered abuse. If you or a member of your family is suffering from domestic violence or from threatened domestic violence in the home and you need legal advice, then our domestic violence solicitors are here to help.
For more information about our Domestic Violence legal services, or for general Family Law advice, call 0151 239 1000 and ask to speak to a member of our Family Law Team.