West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Response to HMIC review on domestic abuse (27 Mar 2014)

Mark Burns Williamson, the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, said in acknowledging the report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC). "People suffering from domestic abuse and violence need to know there is help and support out there for them and I encourage anyone suffering abuse to come forward and report what is happening to them so the perpetrators of this offence can be properly dealt with," he said.

"As part of my Police and Crime Plan commitments I have been working with partners to explore new ways to better tackle domestic abuse and people being repeatedly targeted, especially to help those at high risk of being a repeat victim. "That's one of the reasons why I have made an additional £1m available for closer working on domestic abuse and violence with partners over the next 2 years.

"Reporting of domestic violence and abuse is higher in West Yorkshire than many other forces and I believe that is partly down to the increased awareness and victims knowing that there is help and support available to them.

"But as this report shows, more needs to be done, especially around training of staff and consistencies across the force in dealing with reports and complaints. This is one my highest priorities and I will be working with the Chief Constable and partners to look at the measures currently in place and what more needs to be done to ensure those victims suffering know they are being supported.

"There are some clear areas for improvement for West Yorkshire Police and I am aware that certain actions have been taken since the initial feedback to address some of areas highlighted.

"I will continue to monitor progress against the HMIC recommendations through the Community Outcomes Meetings where I hold the Chief Constable to account. I will also be reviewing the partnership performance framework where resources are being allocated and used for better outcomes around domestic abuse and violence solutions, including criminal justice partners.

"This is a timely report and the recommendation that West Yorkshire Police should put something in place to ensure that local officers are as aware of the families at greatest risk of domestic abuse as they are of burglars and vehicle crime offenders is quite stark and a renewed effort by the police and partners locally will be required to join up the dots."

"I want to reassure domestic abuse and violence victims they will be listened to, supported and action will be taken to ensure they are safe and feel safe."

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