Association of Police and Crime Commissioners
APCC backs calls for a new approach to tackling Violence Against Women and Girls
The APCC's joint Victim's Leads, Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner Donna Jones and London's Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Sophie Linden, have responded to today's report from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services.
They said: "As Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs), we support the clear and hard-hitting findings of the HMICFRS interim report and welcome the call for a radical and bold new approach to tackling Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG), working with agencies and victims groups right across the system at a local and national level. It is absolutely clear there needs to be a step change in focus and funding as women and girls deserve so much better from the services that should be there to protect and support them.
"We acknowledge that violence against women and girls is an epidemic – not just in the streets but also in the home. Whilst the police have a key role to play in tackling it, it is a societal wide issue and we must all play our part in stopping it. In our APCC VAWG statement released over the summer we set out our position on VAWG and how we want to work with partners to address is. What is required is a multiagency response with victims at the centre of all our work – better education, better prevention, and better availability of support for women and girls. PCCs welcomed the measures the Government announced following the end-to-end rape review to improve victim confidence and prosecution rates; and as the inspection report points out, there is already much good work going on in police forces. But much more needs to be done.
"We support the call for a new statutory duty across agencies to prevent harm caused by VAWG and would see the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts bill currently going through parliament as the most effective vehicle for this. We welcome the call for sustainable funding for victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence. This is something that PCCs have long been calling for. There is an urgent need to move away from short-term, piecemeal funding towards a longer term, sustainable funding strategy which works to prevent violence from happening in the first place as well as providing essential support to those women and girls who are victims of these terrible crimes.
"As commissioners of local victim support services, PCCs are already commissioning a wide range of specialist services to support women and girls who have been victims of domestic abuse, rape and sexual violence. We work closely with local victims charities to ensure these essential services are in place and delivering across our communities. But we want to do even more. Sustainable funding would help us work with local victim support organisations to plan for the long term. And as chairs of our Local Criminal Justice Boards, we are committed to bringing criminal justice partners together to ensure we deliver improvements across local criminal justice services as set out in today’s report. Many of us are also responsible for leading local Violence Reduction Units (VRUs), delivering a wide range of interventions and support to tackle perpetrators, support victims and embed prevention across our communities. We would like to see VRU funding rolled out to all areas across England and Wales.
"We are determined that our streets and homes become safe places for all women and girls, and stand ready to work with Government, victims groups and wider partners to make a real difference for the communities we serve."
Latest News from
Association of Police and Crime Commissioners
Support for a new cross-system approach to tackling VAWG17/09/2021 15:05:00
The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners is backing calls from the independent inspectorate for a new cross-system approach to tackling the epidemic of violence against women and girls.
Why new developments must take account of needs of local emergency services14/09/2021 14:20:00
Elected leaders are calling on Government to ensure future housing developments fully consider the capacity and needs of local emergency services.
Public engagement and scrutiny are key to tackling Taser concerns26/08/2021 16:15:00
The APCC has responded to a report published by the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC).
ONS: Deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales04/08/2021 11:15:00
Office for National Statistics (ONS): There were 4,561 deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales in 2020. This is the highest number since records began in 1993 and up 3.8% from the previous year.
PCCs call for a new statutory duty requiring agencies to prevent Violence Against Women and Girls21/07/2021 16:05:00
APCC Victims Leads Sophie Linden and Donna Jones said: “It is tragic that it took the murder of Sarah Everard for society to recognise that violence against women and girls is an epidemic in this country.
APCC welcomes part two of Dame Carol Black’s review, to which PCCs submitted evidence09/07/2021 09:20:00
Part Two of Dame Carol Black's independent review for Government, setting out a way forward on drug treatment and recovery, has been published.
Victims' Commissioner says PCCs have a key role in improving response to rape15/06/2021 16:05:00
As the Government prepares to publish the findings of its end-to-end review into how rape and sexual violence cases are handled, the Victims’ Commissioner has said Police and Crime Commissioners have a key role to play in restoring confidence in the system.
Policing receives £18.3 million to continue work to make our streets safer03/06/2021 15:10:00
40 areas across England and Wales, including 28 PCCs, have today been awarded a total of £18.3 million, from the Government’s Safer Streets Fund.
New Core Code of Ethics to be at the heart of Fire and Rescue Services19/05/2021 11:25:00
A new Core Code of Ethics for Fire and Rescue Services launched yesterday by the Local Government Association (LGA), the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) and the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC), pledges to be at the heart of everything employees do and ensures communities get the best possible support.