December 3rd, 2007 02:15 EST
Domestic violence raids in the U.K.
The Metropolitan Police Service yesterday (28 November) conducting a series of raids across London to tackle domestic, homophobic and race hate crime.
The operation called Athena, which is in its seventh year, is running across London, and is designed to put the focus on the offender, and bring them to justice. The MPS is committed to protecting the most vulnerable victims, who often feel trapped and isolated within their own homes and families. In line with the UN's International event for the 'Elimination of Violence Against Woman' 16 days of action, the MPS will be taking a pro-active and positive approach in tackling the men of violence.
The message is clear; violence in any form is unacceptable. We do not require a statement from a victim in order to arrest and charge a perpetrator. The MPS will be enhancing its focus upon the most dangerous and prolific offenders across the 32 boroughs to prevent repeat victimisation.
Community Safety Units continue to investigate complaints of domestic violence, hate crime and vulnerable adult abuse. With our partners we are able to provide victim support and crime prevention advice. Hate and faith crime includes racist, homophobic, disability motivated crime, and crimes against the vulnerable or elderly by members of their own family or carers.
Operation Athena 2006 resulted in 315 arrests, and similar operations on specific boroughs earlier this year in May led to over 100 arrests. Currently there have been 280 arrests.
Commander Shaun Sawyer, Violent Crime Directorate, said:
"This action should act as a reminder to those individuals who often commit these crimes with a sense of impunity that this behaviour will not be tolerated. We will arrest them and with support of the CPS, prosecute them."