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Gay focus for domestic violence
Poster being lcunched by the Met Police
Domestic violence accounts for 24% of all violent incidents
An advertising campaign is launched to tackle domestic violence, which will also focus on the gay and transgender community for the first time.

The Metropolitan Police want to stress they will seek out abusive partners even if the victim does not make a statement.

The posters will appear from Monday in men's toilets, locker rooms, in football programmes and the press.

And for the first time they will appear in gay and transgender bars and media.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN LONDON
The Met received 110,000 reported incidents of domestic violence in 2004/05
One in four murders in London in were domestic violence-related
Domestic violence accounts for 24% of all violent incidents and has the highest level of repeat victimisation
Domestic violence accounts for 1 in 8 GBH assaults, 1 in 4 ABH assaults and 1 in 3 common assaults reported

Commander Steve Allen said: "The MPS is strongly committed to the prevention and detection of domestic violence incidents experienced by all victims, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

"Our objectives are to stop the violence whilst protecting victims and their children and to hold perpetrators accountable through the criminal justice system."

Jo Todd, director of Respect, the UK Association for Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programmes and Associated Support Services, said: "We welcome the campaign, which sends uncompromising messages to perpetrators that the police will arrest them with or without a statement from their partner.

"Over the last few years the Metropolitan Police has improved its response to domestic violence considerably.

"While there is still much work to do, this campaign demonstrates its increasing commitment to holding perpetrators to account for their criminal behaviour in order to increase the safety of those affected by domestic violence - usually women and children."




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