More Than 11 Thousand People In North Yorkshire Could Be Affected By Domestic Abuse
8:09am 27th March 2014
North Yorkshire Police have welcomed a report into how it deals with domestic abuse which highlights the good practice going on across the force as well as suggesting how to improve the service provided to victims.
Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy said: “Protecting victims and their families and diverting the perpetrators away from domestic abuse is an absolute priority for North Yorkshire Police. It is good to see that the dedicated work and the improvements we have made in our response to these distressing crimes has been recognised.
“We acknowledge that there are areas for improvement and prior to the inspection, we had identified a number of areas where the service could be improved and have already taken steps to implement these changes.”
The report recognises the investments North Yorkshire Police has made in the resourcing of the Protecting Vulnerable Persons Units (PVPUs) and training for staff, despite severe financial cutbacks across the police service. This work has been overseen by Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Mason, the Head of Crime.
Mr Kennedy added: “With the backing of Julia Mulligan, the Police and Crime Commissioner and the efforts of Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Mason, we have invested heavily in the PVPUs and 2013 saw the opening of a Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub and Central Referral Unit to improve the management and oversight of domestic abuse. These departments bring together all the responsible agencies under one roof to provide a co-ordinated and appropriate response to safeguarding victims.
“We have also recruited and trained a number of specialist staff over the past year which is a clear demonstration of North Yorkshire Police’s commitment to improving services for victims, managing risks and keeping people as safe as possible.”
The report also highlighted the award-winning Making Safe Scheme which is a multi-agency initiative to support the victims and children of domestic abuse, enabling them to remain in their home while re-housing perpetrators and offering them support to manage their behaviour.
The police work together with Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS), Domestic Abuse Services (Scarborough and Ryedale), the probation service, integrated offender management teams, social care and housing providers. There are currently 48 perpetrators on the scheme.
The report also acknowledges the excellent partnership working of which the Making Safe Scheme is just one example. It also emphasises the high priority which North Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner place on domestic abuse.
Detective Superintendent Heather Pearson who heads the PVPUs, added: “Having the confidence to come forward is key for victims who are often very reluctant and find it extremely difficult to give evidence against someone who they have been, or may still be in a relationship with.
“We know domestic abuse is under-reported and I hope by demonstrating how seriously we take it, more victims will have the confidence to come forward. There is still much to be done but the police service cannot do it alone which is why we have built up excellent working relationships with our partner agencies and domestic abuse charities to ensure we provide the best service we can to support victims and their families.”
Det Supt Pearson added: “It is also good to see that the specialist training we give to a number of Police Community Support Officers to support medium and standard risk victims has been singled out in the national report as a positive move.”
To report an incident:
- To report an incident of domestic abuse please call North Yorkshire police 101.
- If you have a speech or hearing impairment you can use Textphone 18001 101
In an emergency
- In an emergency or if your safety is threatened, always call the police on 999.
- Textphone 18000 - in an emergency
Independent Domestic Abuse Services
(IDAS) provide support and advice to men and women across York and North Yorkshire.
- IDAS Independent Domestic Abuse Services 03000 110 110
- IDAS Rape Support Line 0300 111 0777
Scarborough and Ryedale Domestic Abuse Services 01723 365609
If you are a victim of sexual abuse and you prefer not to contact the police, you can call North Yorkshire's Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Bridge House, on:
- 01904 669 339
You can also contact the following national agencies for help
- National Domestic Violence Helpline
0808 2000 247
- Men's Advice Line
0808 801 0327
- Broken Rainbow
Help for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people
0300 999 5428 Respect 0808 802 4040 help for perpetrators
- National Stalking Helpline
0808 802 0300
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