264 arrests as part of domestic violence operation

28 November 2012

Metropolitan Police Service

A series of dawn raids are underway across the Capital to help end the suffering caused by domestic abusers. 264 arrests have been made since the operation started on Monday 26th November.

Assistant Commissioner Simon Byrne, in charge of Territorial Policing said:

"The scale of the violence and abuse caused by those in domestic relationships is shocking. About one third of all women will suffer some form of physical or sexual abuse at the hands of their partners.

"Suffering behind closed doors should not and cannot be ignored. We all have a responsibility to put a stop to domestic violence."

Led by specially trained officers in the Met's Community Safety Units this operation is timed to support White Ribbon Day - the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women which was on Sunday 25 November. Under the banner of Operation Athena the Met is targeting prolific and dangerous offenders responsible for both domestic violence and hate crime.

Assistant Commissioner Byrne, said:

"We are committed to tackling all of forms violence, and will make sure we play our part in supporting and protecting victims of both sexes. It is also importantly about demonstrating to abusers that their actions have legal, and in some cases, long lasting consequences.

"There is no place in London for domestic violence or those cowardly crimes committed because of someone's race, religion, sexuality or disability. It is the offenders who should live in fear - of our knock at the door."

The Met works with a wide range of third parties to make sure that all possible support is given to victims of domestic violence and hate crime. They will also take reports and information from those people who aren't comfortable talking to police direct.

Operation Athena started on the 26th November and will run until 30th November. Running in tandem with arrests the Met is taking part in local based outreach work, victim focused workshops and multi-agency drop in centres.

Some of the offences include assault, harassment, criminal damage, rape, threats to kill and possession of class A and B drugs