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Business Representatives Asked for Views at Summit


PCC Barry Coppinger with Rory Sherwood-Parkin, Tees Valley Unlimited

Business representatives from across Cleveland and beyond have been asked to support plans to introduce domestic and sexual violence and abuse champions in the workplace, so that victims can be better supported.

Staff from the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland were present at the Tees Valley Unlimited Business Summit at Teesside University today, to raise awareness of one of the priorities in the Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy.

The Strategy is the brainchild of Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger and his counterparts in Northumbria and Durham, Vera Baird and Ron Hogg. It details the important role of champions in highlighting issues and guiding people towards help.

During the summit, business leaders were also given advice and information on crime and asked to fill in a questionnaire on how crime affects their work. Their views will be used to help form future plans.

Mr Coppinger said: “I’ve already done a great deal of work alongside the business community to gather their views and reduce crime, and this work continues with the team engaging with business representatives at the summit.

“Businesses employ thousands of people across the area and often provide a sanctuary for victims of domestic and sexual violence and abuse, away from their abuser. By developing workplace champions we can help to support these people and build on the great work already taking place within the working world.”


Posted on Thursday 10th July 2014
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