Tackling violence against women and girls is a priority for the Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable.
Turning a blind eye to violence against women cannot and must not be tolerated. The impact can be devastating, fatal and long lasting for women, their children, families and friends.
Violence against women includes a wide range of areas including domestic abuse, sexual violence, stalking, female genital mutilation, trafficking, and so called “honour” based violence.
Such a wide range of areas requires a planned, staged and coordinated approach. The Chief Constable and the Commissioner have made a commitment to work in partnership to tackle violence against women and girls across the South Wales Police area.
This commitment includes increasing victim confidence to report violence against them, to reduce repeat victimisation and to generate greater understanding of the need to take positive action when responding to this crime.
An HMIC review has recognised the connection between the Commissioners strategic priorities and the Chief Constable’s desire to invest in the development of operational initiatives.
At 96%, our arrest rate for reported Domestic Abuse crimes is much higher than the national average but there is still more work that needs to be undertaken and there is no room for complacency.
The stark reality is that women are more likely to be victims of domestic abuse than men, which is in contrast to all other types of violent crime when men are more likely to be victims.
We can never forget that ten people have been murdered as a result of domestic abuse across Bridgend, Swansea and Neath Port Talbot over the last six years and each month 180 domestic abuse victims are considered to be at risk of murder or serious harm across the region.
South Wales Police had the third highest rate of recorded domestic abuse incidents across the 43 police forces of England and Wales during 2012/2013 and it accounts for six per cent of all calls to the police for assistance and eight per cent of recorded crime.
We believe that this is due to the positive action taken to date to increase public confidence to report domestic abuse. And it is vital that confidence continues.
The South Wales Police Plan for Tackling Violence against Women and Girls 2014 -17, outlines how by working in partnership we can improve the outcomes for all victims of violence against women and girls.
Opportunities to develop innovative and creative approaches for agencies to work together will be prioritised, generating a cultural shift and increasing the collective understanding of violence against women and girls and its impact.
The funding secured from the Home Office Innovation fund will ensure that the aspirations and actions outlined in the plan are driven forward, and assist in making South Wales Police the lead force in tackling violence against women and girls. Please see the links below to find out more about the work we are doing.
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