Following publication of the HMIC Report on Domestic Abuse Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa commented: “We are pleased to see in the report that the HMIC acknowledges the priority the Commissioner places on domestic abuse.
“The Commissioner and his team work closely with Derbyshire Constabulary and partner agencies to ensure that vulnerable people have the confidence to come forward and report abuse, secure in the knowledge that they will be taken seriously. We want every victim to feel assured of support, a listening ear and respect – all of which have a vital role in keeping them safe.”
Mr Dhindsa welcomed the recommendations within the report, pointing out that many of these had already been implemented by the Force. He believes these changes will drive service improvements, enhance consistency and enable improvement to be measured. He also looks forward to the development of national training and guidance products for police forces – a development which he expects will expand the progress that has been made in Derbyshire in recent years.
As the report points out, domestic abuse is complicated to deal with. This fact has led to the governance board forming a single countywide domestic abuse and sexual violence strategy which means that all partners are now working towards the same objectives. This strategy is considered by the Commissioner and his Deputy to be absolutely fundamental to the holistic approach necessary to improve the service to victims and those at risk of abuse.
Mr Dhindsa concluded: “As long as there are victims of domestic abuse there will always be more that we can do, which is something that we intend to focus upon within our forthcoming responsibility for commissioning victims’ services in Derbyshire.”
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Posted on Thursday 27th March 2014