28th Nov, 2020

West Mercia Police launch survey into new domestic abuse strategy

Ross Crawford 14th May, 2020

A DOMESTIC abuse strategy has been drafted by West Mercia Police has been put out for public consultaiton.

The scourge of domestic abuse is a high priority for Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion and the strategy covers four key themes:

Preventing violence and abuse

Provision of services

Partnership working

Pursuing perpetrators

The Commissioner says he is committed to reducing harm and protecting the most vulnerable, putting victims and survivors first. He added that domestic abuse is one of the biggest crimes affecting society day in, day out.

The PCC is focusing on reducing the number of people abused or exposed to domestic abuse and ensuring the right support is provided locally to victims and survivors.

He is also working with partners and West Mercia Police to disrupt abusive behaviours and improve the police response.

There has already been significant investment by the PCC to tackle the crime and get to the root cause, which includes working with perpetrators.

As part of this continued drive, he is encouraging the people of West Mercia to further influence how domestic abuse is tackled by providing their views on his approach.

‚ÄúDomestic abuse should never be tolerated,” he said.

“The effect it has, not only on victims and survivors but also the wider community, is devastating.

“Whilst there is a lot of positive work being done in West Mercia to stop the abuse from ever happening and ensuring the right support is available, it is clear more needs to be done to break the cycle and change behaviours.”

Views are being sought to shape the final strategy document and to give people the opportunity to improve domestic abuse services in West Mercia.

The consultation runs until Tuesday, May 26 and is available at www.westmercia-pcc.gov.uk/about-your-pcc/domestic-abuse-strategy-consultation/

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