A candidate in the election for the county’s first Police and Crime Commissioner has given his backing to a global initiative to end violence against women and on Friday he is to launch Northamptonshire’s role in the campaign.
Lee Barron, the Labour candidate to be the county’s first Police and Crime Commissioner, joined MP Stella Creasy in London last week to back the One Billion Rising – a campaign which is calling on men and women to stop the acceptance of violence against women and girls.
He said: “Every year 47 per cent of the women killed are killed by either a partner or an ex-partner. Furthermore, 43 per cent of teenage girls believe it is OK for a partner to be aggressive. This is simply not acceptable.”
The One Billion Rising campaign gets its name from the statistic that shows one in three women on the planet will be beaten or raped in their lifetime.
Mr Barron said: “Police and Crime Commissioners have a fundamental role in addressing issues related to domestic violence. That is why I was delighted to join Stella, who has led the work of One Billion Rising in Parliament, to back this very important campaign.”
“Every year the UK spends £37bn as a result of domestic violence and yet last year there was only a conviction rate of eight per cent.”
Stella Creasy, MP for Walthamstow, will join Mr Barron in Corby on Friday (September 21) to launch the Northamptonshire One Billion Rising campaign which will encourage individuals and families to sign up to the cause.
He added: “At the launch I will commit that, as Northamptonshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, I would find additional resources for victims of domestic violence. The reason I will do this is that it is the right thing to do to address this awful crime.”
Others standing in the election for the Police and Crime Commissioner are Adam Simmonds for the Conservatives, independents John Norrie and Matt Stockdale, Jim MacArthur for UKIP and Paul Varnsverry for the Liberal Democrats.
The election is to be held in November.