19 November 2012
Norfolk Constabulary has today backed a hard-hitting campaign
aimed at encouraging the older generation to speak out about
A series of impactive posters have been created to send home the
message that such violence affects all generations and all walks of
Out of the 430 cases of domestic abuse referred to Norfolk
MARAC* between 1 April 2012 and 30 September 2012 only 23 involved
victims over the age of 55 - and Norfolk Constabulary believes the
statistics show a vast under-reporting of such violence in this age
"...such behaviour is totally unacceptable and... no victim need suffer in silence at the hands of their tormentors."
DI Richard Ellis
Richard Ellis, of the Constabulary's Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub
said: "We do not underestimate how difficult it can be for people
speak out about being a victim of domestic violence.
"Such a decision however can be all the more difficult for
someone who has been caught up in such abuse for years and years
and who may be afraid to 'rock the boat'/break their silence
particularly if they have children or grandchildren.
"There can also be a tendency for some people to believe they
should just put up with what is happening because of financial
commitments or feel apathy because they have become conditioned to
"It is often assumed that domestic violence is mainly
experienced by young people. We would however like to make it very
clear that such behaviour is totally unacceptable and that no
victim need suffer in silence at the hands of their
The Norfolk Says No White Ribbon Campaign, which is being
launched by the multi-agency Norfolk Domestic Abuse and Sexual
Violence Board, will run from Monday 26 November until Friday 30
A number of events have been organised including art displays,
workshops and the re-launch of a 'commitment letter' signed by a
number of agencies, including the Constabulary, to pledge to
continue to tackle such abuse.
The posters have been created to not only encourage victims to
speak out but anyone who believes they may know someone in need of
help. They include images of an older man and woman with the
slogans 'Silence Won't Help Him/Her. See It. Hear It. Report
As well as being distributed locally First Group buses have
agreed to run the artwork free of charge on its entire fleet for
Chelsea de Silva, PR and Marketing Manager, for First, said:
“First is pleased to assist Norfolk Constabulary in this initiative
and will continue to support partnership working with community
Between 1 April 2011 and 31 March 2012 there were 12,988
domestic incidents reported to Norfolk Constabulary - of which 3452
This compares with between 1 April 2010 and 31 March 2011 when
there were 11,560 domestic incidents reported - of which 3284 were
Detective Superintendent Katie Elliott who head of the
Constabulary's Vulnerable People Directorate, said: "Norfolk
Constabulary is committed to taking positive action against
domestic abuse which includes supporting victims, ensuring a full
risk assessment is carried out, conducting a vigorous investigation
and charging and convicting the perpetrators.
“We do not only focus on matters which are criminal offences;
often issues such as emotional and financial abuse can be subtle
but are methods of control which need to be addressed.
“We work with other agencies to provide the support needed to
break the cycle of abuse for families affected by such terrifying
experiences. It is about working together to offer long term
support and not just ensuring victims and their families make it
through the criminal justice process."
The campaign comes shortly after the Norfolk and Suffolk
Constabularies launched the Time To Stop campaign aimed at reducing
rape and sexual violence in both counties.
*A MARAC is a
Conference which draws together a number of
agencies, such as the Police, Housing, Children’s Services and