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Warwickshire bucks the trend for its positive work in tackling domestic abuse

The Inspectorate of Constabulary has praised Warwickshire Police for its handling of cases relating to domestic abuse. Picture by Andrija Kovac.

The Inspectorate of Constabulary has praised Warwickshire Police for its handling of cases relating to domestic abuse. Picture by Andrija Kovac.

Warwickshire Police is only one of eight out of England and Wales’ 43 police forces to have been praised in a major report for the way it handles cases relating to domestic abuse.

Failings across the country highlighted in the report by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary have prompted Home Secretary Theresa May to call for a radical change in the way police responded to the issue.

But the report stated that Warwickshire’s force provides a good service to victims, that the public can have confidence that the police are working well with partners to tackle the issue and that staff in the county demonstrated a high level of commitment and understanding of the issue.

Areas where the force could improve were also highlighted.

Warwickshire’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Eric Wood said: “The HMIC report is very encouraging. I particularly welcome the fact that those who commit domestic abuse in Warwickshire are more likely to be charged or cautioned than in many other parts of the country.

“Victims of domestic abuse in Warwickshire should feel confident that the police and their partners are committed to providing an effective service. I am determined to ensure we continue to build on this good work.”

Warwickshire’s Deputy Chief Constable Neil Brunton said: “Warwickshire Police is delighted with these findings, which reflect the commitment of our workforce, partners, voluntary organisations and the courage of victims and witnesses to report incidents.

“But we are not complacent and we will be looking in detail at HMIC’s recommendations for improvement.”

Those affected by domestic abuse can contact Warwickshire Against Domestic Abuse on 0800 408 1552 or visit www.talk2someone.org.uk

To see the HMIC report, visit:

www.hmic.gov.uk/publication/improving-the-police-response-to-domestic-abuse

 

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