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Australian and York Police Exchange Ideas on Tackling Domestic Violence

DS Normanton FC Hooper DC Robinson

12:14pm 14th June 2013

An Australian police officer visited officers in York yesterday to share best practice in dealing with domestic violence.

First Constable John Hooper from the Family Violence Unit at Bairnsdale in the state of Victoria, spent the day with North Yorkshire Police’s Protecting Vulnerable Persons Unit (PVPU) in York.

FC Hooper spent the morning with Detective Sergeant Adam Normanton and Detective Constable Andrea Robinson of York PVPU at Fulford Road police station. 

He then joined Domestic Violence Coordinator Jo Beilby, who explained how the force takes a multi-agency approach to deal with domestic abuse to provide victims with a full range of services from housing providers and social care, right  through to the services provided by specialist domestic violence courts.

First Constable Hooper said: “This has been a really excellent and worthwhile visit. It was interesting to see how North Yorkshire Police deal with domestic violence and to find that there are lots of similarities across both police services. There are also lots of things I will take back home with me to implement in my own force.

“I’ve really enjoyed the visit and only wish I could have stayed longer.”

DS Adam Normanton of York’s PVPU, said: “John’s visit gave us both an opportunity to find out how our respective police forces deal with domestic abuse.

“We have a multi-agency approach in North Yorkshire which gives victims the best possible service with access to whole range of professionals, many of whom are independent from the police. We work together to provide help for victims and their families in what are very distressing and difficult circumstances.”

FC Hooper is on holiday in the UK. He previously lived in West Yorkshire for 14 years before returning to Australia when he was 24.

North Yorkshire Police has four PVPUs across the force, in Harrogate, York, Northallerton and Scarborough. The units are staffed by officers who specialise in dealing with domestic abuse as well as other crimes including familial sexual offences, child sexual abuse, vulnerable adults, child sexual exploitation, child deaths and abuse of the elderly.

If you are a victim of abuse, please do not hesitate to call the police. If your immediate safety is under threat, always call 999. If you are not in immediate danger, please call 101.

If you prefer, you can get advice and support from the North Yorkshire charity, Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS) on 03000 110 110 or visit their website www.idas.org.uk

There is also a 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline - 0808 2000 247.

Victims of sexual crimes now have the option of either calling the police on 101, but if you prefer not to go direct to the police, you can call Bridge House, North Yorkshire and York’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 01904 669339. Again, always ring 999 if your immediate safety is threatened.

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