Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

Domestic Violence Victims Risk Being Failed

news_fist.jpg
Delicious Submit this page to reddit

7:01am 27th March 2014

Victims of domestic abuse in Cornwall risk being failed by the police.

A report from inspectors says the force needs to get better at working out who is in charge of keeping victims safe - and identifying them in the first place.

The force has admitted there are "inconsistencies" in its service and is pledging to improve.

One in ten crimes recorded in the southwest over the last year are connected to domestic abuse. 46% of calls come from repeat victims.

The report concludes: "HMIC found that there are some significant risks in the way that Devon and  Cornwall Police tackle domestic abuse. While it is a clear priority for the force and the police and crime commissioner (PCC), and there are strong relationships with partners across the two counties providing services to victims
of domestic abuse, the force does not yet provide a consistent service in all cases of domestic abuse."

"There is a need to clarify roles and responsibilities of all staff particularly in relation to safeguarding victims. Ongoing workforce reorganisation provides an opportunity to achieve this. While there are pockets of good work taking place across the force, and those working with victims are committed to improving the service the victims receive, this report identifies areas for further development and improvement."

The report has uncovered weaknesses in training which mean that the force can not be sure that victims are being consistently identified and therefore offered the right support.

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Bickley said: “I know there is much good work taking place within Devon and Cornwall in the field of domestic abuse, however, the report has highlighted inconsistencies which we need to address.  

“It is essential that victims are at the forefront of everything we do and that any victim of domestic abuse feels they are able to seek support from the police and our partner agencies.

“We recognise there are too many inconsistencies in the service which the report identifies. Some of these we had already identified and are addressing.

“Domestic abuse is a force priority, as it is for the Police and Crime Commissioner, and we are determined to drive up the quality of service given to victims, while we will seek to standardise good practices across the peninsula.”

Assistant Chief Constable Bickley added: “It is vital that victims of domestic abuse in Devon and Cornwall are reassured that this is one of our priority areas and that they should feel confident in our ability to support them and tackle this hidden and damaging crime.  

“We have experienced and specially trained officers who will support any victim and their circumstances will be dealt with professionally and with sensitivity.”

7:01am 27th March 2014

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
health

Blood Cancer Drug Could Cut Patient Risk

It was trialled in Cornwall at Treliske hospital

white ribbon police

Police Stand To End Violence Against Women

Four stations in Cornwall are becoming White Ribbon stations to raise awareness

Most read
mannequin challenge 1

WATCH: Firefighter's Death Sparks Mannequin Challenge

Cornish crews staged this video as a road safety warning

police line

BREAKING: One Person Cut Free After Crash

It closed stretch of A30 near Bodmin, sparking long delays

Top articles

BREAKING: One Person Cut Free After Crash

Cornwall News: It closed stretch of A30 near Bodmin, sparking long delays

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

Drugs alert after teenage girl's ecstasy death in Manchester

National News: Police in Manchester have warned about the dangers of ecstasy after the death of a teenager who took the drug.

Business Cornwall News - Friday, 18th December 2015

Business Cornwall News: Cornwall is spearheading reform of the Uk’s business licensing laws following a a year-long project.

Patti Smith forgets lines while performing Bob Dylan Nobel tribute

Showbiz News: Patti Smith has given a stumbling performance of Bob Dylan's A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall at a gala ceremony for Nobel laureates.

At least 20 hurt in Istanbul stadium blast

World News: At least 20 people have been injured in an explosion near a football stadium in Istanbul, authorities have said.

Badminton and wheelchair rugby among sports to lose Olympic funding

Sports News: Archery, badminton, fencing, weightlifting and wheelchair rugby will not get funding in the run up to the Tokyo Olympics.

Putin shows no puppy love for Japan's attempt at dog diplomacy

Strange News: Russia appears to have snubbed a Japanese attempt at dog diplomacy by declining the gift of a puppy for President Vladimir Putin at a summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Newer article

Treliske: "Needs Improvement"

Cornwall News: Inspectors say bed blocking is impacting on care - and raises worries about patients' notes

Older article

Cornwall's Coast Safe Campaign Expands

Cornwall News: Campaign set up after cliff deaths spreads up country

Cornwall's Pirate FMPirate 2Escape to Cornwall radioLoveCornwall.com - The Cornish Business DirectoryPirate Education and Training

 

© Copyright Pirate FM

Pirate FM cannot be held responsible for the content of external links.

Close

We Use Cookies

This website uses cookies to store information on your computer.

By using this website you accept the use of cookies as explained in the terms of our cookie policy.