Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Stephen Bett, is calling for victims to take part in a national inspection of how police forces are responding to domestic abuse.
A survey has been launched by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) to gather the views and experiences of people who have been victims of domestic abuse in the last 12 months. The responses received to the survey will be used by HMIC in its inspection of the effectiveness of the police response to domestic abuse.
“There were more than 1 million victims of domestic abuse in the UK last year”, said Stephen. “Here in Norfolk we have put a huge focus on improving our approach to tackling domestic abuse and supporting victims – something which is a priority not just for police but for public and community sector organisations across the county. This work, which is currently being led by the county’s Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Co-ordinator, is shaped around what victims and the specialists working with victims told me about their experiences in my own survey last summer.
“The importance of victims sharing their real-life experiences cannot be overstated – victims’ needs must remain at the heart of the criminal justice system. I would encourage anyone who has been a victim of domestic abuse in the last 12 months to take the HMIC survey and play their part in shaping how police respond to domestic abuse across the country.”
The survey consists of approximately 15 questions and responses are anonymous. The closing date for the survey is 26 January 2014.
To find out more about what domestic abuse is, where you can get help if you are or have been a victim, and how your PCC is working to improve the approach to domestic abuse is Norfolk, visit our Working for Victims page.