Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) were elected on the 15th November to be responsible for your local police force’s Police and Crime plan and allocating the policing budget, including determining what proportion is dedicated to domestic violence prevention services. Given the news that 10% of 999 calls relate to domestic abuse, the role of PCCs and the decisions that they make about the police could not be more important.
Take Action: Write your PCC to ask them to pledge to tackle violence against women by to investing in safer and more neighbourhood police, more phones that victims can call safely and better support and awareness-raising campaigns. You can find out who your local PCC is here. Send them the pledge, which you can find here and you can use the template letter here.
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Background Brief: Why are we campaigning on this issue?
There are concerns that the commissioning of domestic violence services nationally and at a local level are not meeting the needs of vulnerable women. Police and Crime Commissioners are in a position to ensure that tackling violence against women and girls with a comprehensive strategy for prevention is a top priority in Police and Crime Plans.
- The Association of Chief Police Officers estimates that there may be up to 25,000 serial perpetrators of domestic violence in touch with the police at any one time.
- 2 women are killed every week by a male partner or ex-partner.
- An incident of domestic violence is reported to the police every minute.
- 10% of 999 calls relate to domestic abuse
- The PCC elections took place on the 15th November 2012 and from April 2013, Police and Crime Commissioners will determine the budgets and Police and Crime Plans.