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Day of Action tackling domestic abuse

News   •   Feb 27, 2019 15:14 GMT

Fourteen men have been arrested during a "day of action" in east London, targeting people wanted for domestic abuse offences.

Officers from the Central East Command Unit executed around 60 warrants at addresses across Islington, Newham and Hackney on the morning of Wednesday, 27 February as part of a proactive operation aimed at detaining people being sought in connection with offences related to domestic abuse.

Fourteen men, aged in their 20s and 30s, were arrested on suspicion of offences which included, causing grievous bodily harm (GBH), harassment, coercive and controlling behaviour, and common assault. They have been taken into custody at east London police stations.

This multi-phase operation is a small part of the Met's ongoing commitment to cracking down on domestic abuse, bringing perpetrators to justice, and safeguarding victims.

Detective Inspector Sean Lyons, of the Central East Command Unit, said: "Today's operation has been very successful, with a large number of suspects in custody where they cannot pose a further threat to their victims. Our work continues, however, and we will now look at progressing the investigations and how best to protect the victims.

"I hope today's operation sends out a message to domestic abusers that they cannot act with impunity, and we will work to ensure they are held to account in a court of law where appropriate."

Chief Superintendent Sue Williams, the Met's lead on Domestic Abuse, added: "This large-scale targeted operation being led by frontline officers is a fantastic example of our robust approach to domestic violence offending, and of the work we are doing all year round to improve our response to these types of crimes.

"Domestic abuse is often committed behind closed doors with victims feeling trapped and isolated with nowhere to turn. We dedicate significant resources to tackling this issue as has been demonstrated today, and I hope that victims take confidence from operations like this; we can and will act on information, and we have processes in place to protect you from further harm.

"Operation Athena is our long-term approach to bringing more domestic abuse suspects to justice, and we continue to work to strengthen our collaborative work with partner agencies to ensure that we identify perpetrators and achieve the best possible outcomes for victims."

If you are in an abusive relationship or the victim of domestic abuse, or you suspect someone may be a victim, call 101 or 999 in an emergency. You can also report it online at www.met.police.uk. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

There are a number of charities and partner organisations who offer assistance and support to people suffering domestic abuse:

- The Women's Aid Domestic Violence Helpline - 0808 2000 247: A free 24-hour national helpline run by Women's Aid and Refuge at www.womensaid.org.uk and www.refuge.org.uk

- Men's Advice Line - 0808 801 0327: Confidential helpline for male victims of domestic violence and abuse.

- National Centre for Domestic Violence - 0800 970 2070: An organisation that specialises in providing victims with assistance to obtain injunctions to prevent further abuse.

- National Stalking Helpline - 0808 802 0300: Provides information and guidance on the law, how to report stalking, gathering evidence, staying safe and reducing the risk.

- Victim Support - 0808 168 9111: A charity giving free and confidential help to victims of crime, witnesses, their family and friends. Visit www.victimsupport.org.uk

- The Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation (IKWRO) - 020 7920 6460: Provides assistance and support to Kurdish, Farsi and Arabic-speaking women living in London.

- Southall Black Sisters - 020 8571 0800: Supports the needs of black (Asian and African-Caribbean) women.

- Ashiana Project - 020 8539 0427 or 020 8539 9656: Provides temporary, safe housing for South Asian, Turkish and Iranian women aged 16-30 experiencing domestic violence. Helps those who may be suffering from violence and threats of violence at the hands of their family or community (honour-based violence) or from forced marriage.

- DVIP (Domestic Violence Intervention Project) - 020 8563 7983: A voluntary agency providing a Violence Prevention Programme for men who abuse or are violent towards their female partners. For more information, visit www.dvip.org

- Broken Rainbow - 0845 260 4460: Support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender victims of domestic violence.