26 Nov 2020
On Thursday, 26/11/20, Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn is holding a virtual Community Engagement Day where he will meet with several partners, organisations and community representatives from across the Dyfed-Powys area, as well the national Mental Health Lead with the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners.
Community Engagement Days offer are an opportunity for the public to meet with the Commissioner to raise any local concerns or issues within their area, and also to raise awareness of important local campaigns and initiatives.
In support of the White Ribbon Campaign, the Commissioner’s November Community Engagement Day will include meetings with some organisations that provide services for victims of domestic abuse. The Commissioner will also meet with Association of Police and Crime Commissioner Mental Health Lead, Matthew Scott, and Dyfed-Powys Police Mental Health Lead, Superintendent Ross Evans to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health and well-being of Officers and Staff, as well as the general public.
Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn said; “Community Engagement Days are very important for me, as they provide me with an opportunity to talk and engage with local residents and community representatives, and to find out more about local concerns and issues.
“This November Community Engagement day will have a focus on mental health and I’m looking forward to having a discussion around this with colleagues within the Force and on a National Level during the day.”
The Commissioner is also proud to be supporting the campaign to end male violence against women – White Ribbon Campaign. White Ribbon is a global campaign that encourages people, and especially men and boys, to individually and collectively take action and change the behaviour and culture that leads to abuse and violence. As part of his Community Engagement Day, the Commissioner will be meeting with some organisations that offer support for victims of domestic abuse.
PCC Dafydd Llywelyn, said; The White Ribbon Campaign is such an important message: Creating a future without male violence against women. Not only does domestic abuse have a long lasting effect on the victim, but also the whole family. Ninety percent of children are in the same room, or next door to the violence in their home, and this can cause a myriad of issues for the child. Experiencing abuse in the home is one of the adverse childhood experiences that has been shown to significantly increase vulnerability and risk in adulthood.
“As Police and Crime Commissioner, I commission services to support all victims of domestic abuse in the Dyfed-Powys area. I am aware of the impact that this recent increase in demand has had on our service providers and how vital it is that the support is able to continue during these challenging times. Therefore, along with staff from my Office, I have worked hard during the pandemic to source additional funding to support them.
“It is my hope that people will take the opportunity to help raise awareness of domestic abuse through the White Ribbon Campaign, and join us in pledging never to take part, condone or stay silent about violence against women, and I look forward to discuss the important work that some service providers are doing in the area during my engagement day.”
Gruff Ifan, Policy and Engagement Advisor