New strategy is launched

A first ever regional strategy tackling violence against women and girls has been launched for the north east.

The three regional Police and crime commissioners – Northumbria’s Vera Baird, Cleveland’s Barry Coppinger and Durham’s Ron Hogg – have devised a 20-point plan to provide support and protect women and girls who are the victims of violence or abuse of any kind. The Violence Against Woman and Girls Strategy follows months of consultation.

Figures show that in the three forces over the past year there were more than 4,800 violent crimes against women and 53,500 incidents of domestic violence.

Mrs Baird said: “This strategy sets down in black and white exactly what we will be doing to ensure we are at the forefront of work to protect women and girls.”