Durham PCC meets with partners in Darlington to address Domestic Abuse priority
Ron Hogg, Police and Crime Commissioner for Durham has met with the Darlington Domestic and Sexual Abuse Network following a visit to a women’s refuge. Approximately 30 agencies attend this network meeting, with representatives from both statutory and voluntary services/agencies.
At the meeting, which took place on Thursday 14 March, Ron gave an overview of community priorities and in particular, one of his own priorities which is to reduce the impact of domestic abuse, particularly violence against women and girls.
Commenting on his visit, Ron said:
“I was pleased to have been invited along to the meeting on Thursday. I had not visited a refuge before, I am pleased to have had the opportunity to visit and talk to residents, this will help me make positive changes and developments to police services. The work that is being carried out is brilliant and when it comes to Domestic Abuse, I fully support the work of local agencies”
Following Ron’s visit to the Refuge in Darlington, residents made the following comments:
“I think he will stand up for victims and develop police responses”
“Ron was willing to listen to our comments/journey, in the past some of us victims have had both positive and negative experiences with police responses, we told him we are very scared to make the call to the police for help, we just want to be believed and helped, sometimes some police officers don't have the right information to pass on to the victim so that we can make safe choices for ourselves and our children”
“He told us he was planning to review how the police dealt with the victims, how they helped us and what information and assistance was given to us”
“I told him that every victim’s journey is different, we just want to be believed, supported and helped, we want to be kept informed by the police for example, the whereabouts of the perpetrator and what else they can do to support us and keep us safe”
If you or you know of a friend, neighbour or family member is experiencing domestic abuse then please call: 01325 364486 or 01325 463141
You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on: 0800 555 111
Posted on Tuesday 19th March 2013