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Havering, Redbridge and Barking and Dagenham police launch Christmas crackdown on domestic abuse

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 December 2017

PICTURE POSED BY MODEL A woman showing signs of depression.

PICTURE POSED BY MODEL A woman showing signs of depression.

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More than 35 people have been arrested in the last month across Havering, Redbridge and Barking and Dagenham as part of a police crackdown on domestic violence.

Operation Dauntless is a London-wide Metropolitan Police campaign targeting Domestic Abuse. It ran from November 27 to December 10, and also coincided with the annual 16 days of activism against gender-based violence campaign.

Across the EA’s three borough’s more than 50 cases of alleged domestic violence have been examined, and specialist training has been provided to all officers by a dedicated Domestic Abuse Investigations Safeguard Command Unit.

Officers have also been working closely with Havering, Redbridge and Barking and Dagenham councils to ensure local authorities are getting the most out of the police when it comes to identifying and dealing with abusers.

A spokeswoman for the East Area Command unit said: “The East Area (EA) has been committed to enforcing legislation that brings domestic abuse offenders to justice.

“On a daily basis the EA has reviewed all outstanding offenders of Domestic Abuse, and tasked our Offender Management Team to bring those offenders before the authorities for investigation after their arrest.”

“This has led to 36 arrests throughout this period and 26 individuals being removed from our wanted offender system after investigation. We have also been conducting regular visits in order to enforce current Domestic Violence Protection Notices and Orders.

“In addition to this local officers have sought to engage with the local LGBT community, reinforcing our zero tolerance message and aim to target Domestic Abuse.

“With the support of staff at the location, posters and flyers promoting our message were handed out at Kosho Bar in Romford Town Centre to raise awareness.

London-wide figures for domestic abuse make for sombre reading.

It effects on average one in four women and one in six men in their lifetimes.

Domestic violence accounts for roughly 16pc of all violent crime, but is still the least likely to be reported to the authorities.

The police would like to stress that victims will gain far more by leaving an abuser, compared to what they would stand to lose.

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