Durham Police and Crime Commissioner, Joy Allen, is supporting the changes the Home Secretary Priti Patel has agreed to make to the Policing Bill to include domestic abuse and sexual violence crimes in the serious violence duty alongside knife crimes and homicides.
Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Joy Allen said: “These crimes are some of the most harmful, invasive, and intrusive crimes, the impact of which can have long-term consequences for victims, their families, and communities.
“The inclusion of these crimes in the new duty will send a very clear message to victims that they will be taken seriously and that those who commit these crimes will be dealt with in an appropriate way.
“Tackling domestic abuse and sexual violence is everyone’s business and this new duty will enable a strengthening of our existing partnership arrangements and demonstrate that we are determined to take a system wide approach to addressing the harm caused by tackling the root causes of these crimes, putting in place effective support for victims and ensuring meaningful consequences for offenders.
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