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Derbyshire PCC keeps victims 'at top of mind'

Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles continues to pursue and introduce new ways of protecting and supporting domestic abuse victims, keeping his election pledge to stand up for vulnerable people.

He also keeps a close eye on what’s being done to tackle and prevent domestic abuse through his Strategic Governance Board meetings which, on Monday (29 June), included progress reports.

Commissioner Charles said today: “Resources in Derbyshire are used in a number of ways to help victims, but we need to do more to provide a more joined-up and effective service so that the best support possible is available across the county.

“Helping victims of domestic abuse includes raising awareness of the suffering that goes on behind closed doors, encouraging victims to go to the police, and providing support which might be mostly emotional or mainly practical. Each victim or survivor has a different experience.”

Today, the Commissioner continues to honour the election pledge that he made in 2012 “to stand up for victims, vulnerable people, and take domestic abuse seriously – working with victims to improve the service provided in the future.” He then made these promises one of his Police and Crime Plan objectives, which is “to keep people, particularly the most vulnerable in our communities, safe from harm, anti-social behaviour and criminal activities.”

In keeping these promises, he places a strong focus on improving and extending different elements of help. “I always keep victims and what they need in order to recover from their experience at the top of my mind,” he said.

His work includes funding support for new projects and approaches run by charities and partners. This ranges from his successful bid for Ministry of Justice money to finance technological devices for protecting victims at high risk of serious domestic violence to his grant funding of charities like High Peak Women’s Aid outreach service.

In April Mr Charles organised a national summit on domestic abuse in partnership with the national community justice network No Offence! The event, attended by 130 delegates, identified a need for agencies to work in a more collaborative way to make the best use of resources and deliver a consistently high service to survivors across Derbyshire.

Last year, he also held a Victims Conference that focused on supporting victims and witness of all crimes, including domestic abuse. And after taking over responsibility from the Ministry of Justice for commissioning victims services last October, Commissioner Charles asked Victim Support to provide an enhanced service to support victims and witnesses within Derbyshire.



Media Enquiries: Sallie Blair 01283 821012



Posted on Tuesday 30th June 2015
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