Operation Bluebell is a Tamworth Community Safety Partnership project, which has been running in Tamworth since February, targeting operations at times when domestic abuse incidents tend to increase.
Under Operation Bluebell, police and domestic abuse advisors made carefully chosen home visits to victims and perpetrators, to check on the safety of victims and send a strong message to perpetrators
During the project, 65 visits were made and feedback from domestic abuse victims visited showed positive support for the initiative.
Cllr Jeremy Oates, Cabinet member for Community Development, praised the work of Operation Bluebell. He said, “Initiatives like this help to support and reassure the victims of domestic abuse, while reminding the perpetrators that it is never acceptable to commit abuse.
“This is another example of the value of working together to improve the lives of people living in Tamworth and to make the borough a better and safer place to live.”
The Respect Helpline is a confidential service for perpetrators of domestic abuse, which offers information and support to help perpetrators change their behaviour. It can be contacted on 0808 802 4040. Anyone suffering domestic abuse can contact Pathways on 01543 676800.
- On average, two women a week are killed by a male partner or former partner (Home Office)
- Across the world, at least one in three women and girls is beaten or sexually abused (UN Commission)
- 45% of women and 26% of men have experienced at least one incident of inter-personal violence in their lifetimes
- In 2011/12, the number of reported incidents of domestic violence fell by 32% (157 fewer reported crimes)
- In 2011/12, 25% of violent crime in Tamworth was recorded as being domestic, a reduction from 33% in the previous year
- 34% of recorded domestic violence in Tamworth is profiled as alcohol related. 25% of overall violent crime is alcohol related