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Opinion: Don't ignore domestic violence, report it

PUBLISHED: 11:19 26 June 2019 | UPDATED: 11:19 26 June 2019

Leyton and Wanstead MP John Cryer wants all domestic violence reported. Picture: ELLIE HOSKINS

Leyton and Wanstead MP John Cryer wants all domestic violence reported. Picture: ELLIE HOSKINS

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Over the last few days we have seen a government minister frogmarch out from a dinner a climate protester by the neck and the reporting of an argument between a Tory leadership candidate and his girlfriend.

There has been much reaction to this by the people in question, online and commentators.

What I find so surprising is the large number of commentators and others - including other MPs - who say it's none of the public's business and more importantly, anyone reporting incidents is "nosey" or a "busybody".

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The majority of murders committed in this country arise from domestic violence. Two women are killed every week by a current or former partner.

One in four women will experience domestic violence. Damning statistics. Yet members of the Conservative Party and the conservative media commentariat, say: ignore raised voices through your wall, ignore a man marching someone along by the neck.

The Metropolitan Police have made a video, which urges people to report incidents of concern from a neighbour to the police. Reports help a priority response and build a future case if someone does not want to press charges at first.

Fifty per cent of cases that are successful rely on evidence provided by people other than the victim.

Don't do as some of these people have said, and stand by on the other side! Call 999 or you can call the Freephone 24-Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247 refuge.org.uk/

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