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Domestic Abuse Scrutiny Panel

The Durham Police, Crime and Victim’s Commissioner (PCVC) established the Domestic Abuse Scrutiny Panel (the Panel) in 2017. The Panel comprises members from across County Durham and Darlington with knowledge, experience and understanding of domestic abuse and its impact on victims.

The panel works with the PCVC and Durham Constabulary to:

  • Improve performance in the investigation of domestic abuse cases;
  • Improve the services offered by the Constabulary to victims of domestic abuse.

The panel scrutinises a sample of domestic abuse cases in detail, draws conclusions about the effectiveness of the police response and makes recommendations for improvement.

The Panel works within a scrutiny framework that allows a systematic examination of a case in a way that takes full account of the contributions and perspectives of panel members both individually and collectively. The purpose of this is to support consistent, coherent and credible scrutiny that results in evidence-based recommendations for positive change.

The panel also look at recent developments in policy and research, findings and recommendations from other relevant reports as well as feedback from victims on what constitutes a thorough and effective police response to domestic abuse.

If you are interested in joining the panel or would like further information please contact us.

You can find a list of all our meetings and their agendas/minutes on our Events and Public Meetings page



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