Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger and Cleveland Police have welcomed the report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) into domestic abuse.
In Cleveland, domestic abuse accounts for 3% of all calls to the Force for assistance. Of these calls, 42% were from repeat victims and domestic abuse accounts for 8% of all crime. For every 100 domestic abuse crimes recorded, there were 98 arrests in Cleveland; for most forces, that number is between 45 and 90.
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “Domestic abuse is a key priority for me, and over the coming year I will be working closely with both Durham and Northumbria PCCs on the Violence Against Women and Girls regional strategy.
“Cleveland has made progress and I will be working with the Force closely to look at the recommendations from the report – however it is clear we need to see further action to deliver improvements to victims of domestic abuse, and I will be scrutinising the performance in this area intently.”
Deputy Chief Constable of Cleveland Police Iain Spittal said: “While the HMIC report paints a bleak picture of how the police service nationally deals with domestic abuse, I am encouraged by the findings during the inspection in Cleveland.
“Specifically highlighted are the good systems in place for call handlers and dispatchers to identify victims, the specialist team providing services to high risk and some medium risk victims of domestic abuse and the organisational effectiveness for keeping people safe.
“We take a proactive approach to domestic abuse, which is reflected in our high arrest rate, and our officers, staff and police partner staff are aware it is a priority for both the Force and Commissioner.
“We know that we still need to carry out some more detailed work to improve knowledge, training and understanding of specific issues raised by the HMIC to ensure we improve our service further to victims of domestic abuse. We will be carefully considering the report’s recommendations.”
Click here to view the Cleveland HMIC Domestic Abuse Report (HMIC weblink)
Click here to view the national HMIC Domestic Abuse Report (HMIC weblink)
Posted on Thursday 27th March 2014