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Questions covering domestic abuse and sexual violence will be put to West Mercia Police’s Chief Constable this month.

On Monday 19 December, a formal accountability session will take place between Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion and Chief Constable Pippa Mills, focussing on responses and outcomes in relation to violence against women and girls.

Improving responses and outcomes around domestic abuse and sexual violence is a key priority of the PCC’s Safer West Mercia Plan, with a number of commitments under the priority of ‘Building a more secure West Mercia’.

The meeting will be an opportunity for the PCC to hold the Chief Constable to account on a number of areas;

  • Measures to prevent and intervene to help victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence
  • Improving police performance when tackling violence against women and girls
  • Understanding the force’s current strategies to tackle VAWG and the progress of their implementation
  • Putting survivors and victims first by looking at experiences and the partnership approach to combating court delays

PCC John Campion said: “Following November’s White Ribbon Day and the World Cup taking place, violence against women and girls is rightly in the headlines and national conversation.

“In West Mercia, the number of domestic abuse cases have remained relatively stable, but one victim of domestic abuse is one too many.

“No one should suffer in silence; I want West Mercia to be a place where victims are receiving the best possible service from their police force. The next holding to account meeting is an opportunity for me, as the voice of the public in policing, to shine a light on areas that matter to victims and their families across West Mercia.”