What is a Domestic Abuse Scrutiny Panel?
Ron Hogg, Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner (PCVC) established a Domestic Abuse Scrutiny Panel, the aim of which is to improve the performance of the police in the investigation of domestic abuse cases and the support offered to victims.
The Panel is independent of the Police. It will review a series of investigations by the Police, into cases of domestic abuse in County Durham and Darlington.
The Panel will scrutinise domestic abuse cases where there was no prosecution. Cases will include a variety of offence types which are flagged as domestic abuse, and will include victims/perpetrators regardless of gender or sexual orientation.
Why a Domestic Abuse Scrutiny Panel?
Ron held a consultation event on a refresh of the regional Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy on the 1st of December 2016. The consultation identified the need to replicate the now embedded Rape Scrutiny Panel process for domestic abuse as a key priority in the refreshed Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy.
The outcomes from the Panel should lead to further improvements in police performance, better support for victims and increased confidence in policing. In turn, that should mean that victims feel more comfortable in reporting cases of domestic abuse, and more offenders should be brought to justice.