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PCC welcomes continuous improvements for victims of domestic abuse

The West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner has welcomed a report, which shows a continuous improvement in service for victims of domestic abuse.

The report from HMICFRS highlights the support victims in West Mercia get from a team of Domestic Abuse Risk Officers who work with local authorities to make sure people are safe.

Other positives were highlighted nationally for victims around investments police forces are making, such as an increased focus on safeguarding and improved partnership working and training.

The report also suggests changes nationwide around how risks are assessed, positive outcomes are pursued, and police powers are used to further improve services.

Commissioner John Campion said “I promised to build secure and reassured communities in West Mercia, and the improvements in services for victims of domestic abuse, are a pleasing reflection of this. This is a complex issue and it’s vital that police have the resources and understanding to address it effectively. I have also invested in a number of services for victims of domestic abuse, as part of this promise.

It’s important that West Mercia officers and staff understand domestic abuse, and the specific needs of victims, doing all they can to pursue a positive outcome. West Mercia Police have made good progress in this area, but there is still much more that can be achieved. I will ensure the force continue to learn from best practice nationally in order to fully support victims, and ensure justice is delivered.”

If you have been a victim of domestic abuse, please find contact details for support services, commissioned by the PCC, across West Mercia. Please make sure that you also report it to the police.

West Mercia Women’s Aid: Call 0800 980 3331 (Worcestershire), 0800 783 1359 (Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford) or visit westmerciawomensaid.org

Victim Support: Call 0808 168 9111 or visit victimsupport.org.uk

West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre: Call 01905 724514 (Worcestershire) or 01432 344777 (Herefordshire) or visit wmrsasc.org.uk

Domestic Abuse Working Network (DAWN): Call 07713 200699, email dawn@worcestercommunitytrust.org.uk or visit worcestercommunitytrust.org.uk/wct-in-action/dawn

AXIS counselling and psychotherapy: Call 01743 357777 (Shropshire) or 01952 278000 (Telford) or visit axiscounselling.org.uk

To view the report visit https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmicfrs/news/news-feed/a-progress-report-on-the-police-response-to-domestic-abuse/

Issued: Wednesday 15th November 2017

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