Derbyshire Constabulary has been named as one of only three police forces in the country to have passed all five sections of an inspection on victim protection against honour-based violence (HBV). Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles today (Wednesday 9 December) said work would continue to support those suffering this “shameful” crime.
In yesterday’s HMIC report only Derbyshire, Northumbria and West Midlands forces were declared to have shown themselves to be prepared in all five stages.
“I am very pleased that the force’s preparedness and understanding of the problems face by victims has been recognised by the HMIC,” Commissioner Charles said. “At the same time I know that the force will never stop looking at ways to further improve its response to victims.”
He went on: “My Deputy, Hardyal Dhindsa, has done some sterling work with the force, our partners and local communities to raise awareness of the problems victims face, and the sensitivities, and to ensure that victims know that help is at hand.”
Increasingly, multi-agency professional support is being made available to victims of HBV, forced marriage and female genital mutilation, with both the police and partner agencies ready to help victims find a solution. Mr Charles added: “We want more victims to seek help from the police, knowing that they will be understood and that they are not alone.”
HM Inspector of Constabulary Wendy Williams said of the report’s findings: “Although initial responses by the police are good, only a small number of forces are well-prepared for the complexity that honour-based violence cases can pose.
“It is clear that the police service has some way to go before the public can be confident that honour-based violence is properly understood by the police, and that potential and actual victims are adequately and effectively protected.”
Derbyshire Constabulary’s Detective Superintendent Andrew Stokes said: “We welcome the latest HMIC report into honour-based violence which clearly reflects some of the work we have put into this area over recent years.
“The recommendations that emerge from the report are something that we will look at closely and implement in order to build on the position we have established within Derbyshire.
“We have invested considerable resources into the public protection issues during recent years and provided specific training to the detectives dealing with honour based violence matters.
“Honour based violence is a subject that cuts across a wealth of cultures and agencies. We must be prepared to listen to victims and adjust our response to reflect their needs.”
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Posted on Thursday 10th December 2015