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PCC talks improving domestic abuse victim services on community day

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PCC Sue Mountstevens

Improving services for victims of domestic abuse was the focus of Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens’ out and about community day to North Somerset on Wednesday, October 3, 2013.

The day, which falls in Domestic Violence Awareness Month, began with the PCC visiting North Somerset Magistrates followed by a visit to The Women’s Project before ending the day speaking at Bristol Women’s Commission event: Women in Public Life.

Meeting the Chair of North Somerset Magistrates to discuss how domestic abuse cases are managed through the dedicated North Somerset Specialist Domestic Violence Court (SDVC) process was the first item on the PCC’s agenda.

An Independent Domestic Violence Advisor, part funded by the PCC, was also present at the meeting to talk to Sue about their role in the SDVC process and more widely around the work they do in collaboration with police and other partners.

The PCC then visited The Women’s Project, funded by the Commissioner’s Community Action Fund, to discuss the Domestic Abuse counselling service they provide for women and children living in North Somerset. 

Sue Mountstevens said: “Based on prevalence rates identified from the Crime Survey for England and Wales, it is estimated that there were around 500,000 adult victims of sexual offences in the last year in the UK, with women making up 85 per cent of these victims.

“We need to face up that not only are levels of these crimes unacceptable, but when they do happen agencies that can help are not being told and most importantly of all victims of these abhorrent crimes need to know that what has happened to them is not their fault.

“Victims need to know that when they do approach the police or other agencies, that they will be believed and taken seriously and for me a crucial step in tackling domestic and sexual violence is to give confidence to victims to come forward and seek justice.”

In the evening, Sue Mountstevens was invited to attend and be keynote speaker at the Bristol Women’s Commission: Women in Public Life; an event to increase the number of women working in senior public positions.

If you would like Sue Mountstevens or a member of her team to visit you on an out and about community day email pcc@avonandsomerset.pnn.police.uk

To find out where and when the Commissioner will be next please visit www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk


Posted on Friday 4th October 2013
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