The Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk, Stephen Bett, has made it clear since taking office that one of his priorities is supporting vulnerable victims.
Commenting on the recent statistics surrounding Police referral of domestic abuse cases to the Crown Prosecution Service, Stephen had this to say,
“I have asked the T/Chief Constable to look at what is behind these figures and whether they are an accurate representation of the true picture. This work is on-going, however, early indications as confirmed by the Constabulary do show that there has been a drop in referrals.
There are a number of ways we look to support those who have, or are suffering domestic abuse. The Criminal Justice System is an essential strand which allows the victims voice to be heard and perpetrators to be held to account. It is essential that we make sure we are achieving all the positive results for victims through the court process that we can.
To reinforce this point, I have asked for further detailed work to be undertaken by the police so that I and the T/Chief Constable can be clear that the right cases are going forward to the Crown Prosecution Service.”
Our recent Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence conference held on 2 September, focussed on the importance of a victim’s journey through the Criminal Justice system, my job is to make sure that that we are getting it right from start to finish.