A new campaign “from detection to protection” – which is being rolled out by the Labour Party across Lancashire – aims to create a step change in tackling the devastating problem of domestic abuse.
Two women every week are killed at the hands of their abuser in England and Wales. Latest statistics show one in five 999 calls are about domestic violence.
Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire Labour’s police and crime commissioner candidate, is committed to an anti domestic violence action plan; as well as engaging in a major consultation exercise that includes speaking to women’s refuge centres.
He is exploring processes that would enable the police and other bodies to become more pro-active in preventing domestic violence offending and in supporting survivors.
Clive Grunshaw, Labour’s Lancashire police and crime commissioner candidate, said:
“Though many people in Lancashire have worked hard to prevent and tackle domestic abuse, the truth is that it is still far too high and too easily ignored.
“Every year thousands of incidents of domestic violence lead to no further action at all to keep victims safe, to prevent further abuse, to help people leave abusive relationships or to prosecute.
“This has to change. As a country we should not tolerate this level of serious violence, injury and harm in homes across Lancashire.
“If elected I will work with the police on a new approach to prevention work with cases that don’t currently reach prosecution identifying and targeting perpetrators involved in repeat violence in order to keep victims safe.
MP Kate Green, Labour’s Shadow Equalities Minister, said:
“At the start of the year I was involved in helping to launch the Everywoman Safe Everywhere Commission with the overarching objective to improve women’s personal safety.
“The response to the Commission has been extremely strong; it’s clear that funding cuts of more than 30% for refuges and specialist advice are undermining action against domestic violence.
“Women should never be trapped in a violent relationship or in a cycle of sexual abuse because of a lack of support; nor should they be worried walking home.
“We need now a step change in action. When so many victims cry out for urgent help they must not be ignored.”
i). Labour has launched a Policy Review document, ‘From detection to prevention: Preventative policing to close the domestic violence intervention gap”.
ii). Labour’s 5 Point plan on women’s safety.
Clive Grunshaw, Labour’s PCC candidate in Lancashire, pledges to:
1. Develop and roll out an integrated local action plan to tackle violence against women and girls in the first year of office – appointing a lead specialist to deliver it and ensuring that it is incorporated and prioritised in the Crime and Policing plan;
2. Tackle the culture of violence against women and girls – working with schools, local authorities and community-based organisations to change attitudes and behaviour;
3. Maintain specialist domestic violence and public protection units within the police service – whilst working to maintain, and where possible, develop the important existing network of independent advisors and advocates to women survivors of violence;
4. Deliver specialist training in domestic and sexual violence – as well as other forms of violence against women and girls, for neighbourhood police officers, for those in specialist protection units and for those involved in commissioning services for the survivors of violence;
5. Pilot preventative policing projects in some areas – to promote the active monitoring and management of serial perpetrators of domestic and sexual violence.
iii). Labour’s policy review follows on from the ‘Everywoman Safe Everywhere’ consultation which highlighted concerns amongst women about provision of services for people affected by domestic abuse.
Labour’s Women’s Safety Commission interim report details a disproportionate 31% cut in funding to refuges and services tackling domestic violence; 230 people being turned away from refuges on an average day in 2011; the number of Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs) being reduced; the closure of specialist domestic violence courts; and specialist police units were found to be under threat from the Tory-led Government’s 20 per cent cuts to the police budget.
You can see the reports findings in detail here: http://www.labour.org.uk/labours-commission-into-womens-safety,2012-03-07