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WARWICKSHIRE CONSTABULARY NEWS
Clampdown on Domestic Violence
violence offenders will be targeted in a campaign to combat
violence in the home across North Warwickshire this weekend.
Nuneaton police and representatives from local agencies will be
travelling to domestic violence incidents over the next four
Figures show that
most crimes in the category are reported between 5pm and 3am and
Fridays and Saturdays.
Officers will use
an instant camera to record evidence at the scene. They want to
see more arrests, and more offenders reaching courts as a result
of the campaign.
policing area of Warwickshire – Rugby, Nuneaton, Atherstone,
Coleshill and Bedworth – had 1,700 reports of domestic violence
last year. The campaign is focussed on the Nuneaton area where a
police vehicle has been allocated to the domestic violence team.
Pc Nikki Harris
pointed out five main aims of the initiative:
make use of police powers of arrest at incidents and increase
the number of prosecutions for domestic violence
awareness of police procedures at incidents to members of the
Domestic Violence Forum
in partnership with members of the forum to offer advice and
support to victims
local problems of crime and disorder in partnership with local
authorities and other local agencies
Pc Harris said:
violence is not an incident, it is a process. Without seeing
this first hand, it is difficult to see and understand some of
the emotions that victims of domestic violence go through.
“It is widely
documented that the victim of domestic violence stays in a
violent relationship for an average of seven years and during
that time receives 35 severe beatings.
“By the time
the police are called, the violence is probably a
well-established pattern of behaviour.
their nature, domestic incidents differ from other forms of
violence in that the victim knows their attacker, we must not
forget that this a violent crime – there is an offender, a
victim and often public disorder to deal with too.
“Our aim with
this initiative is to intervene, detect crime and prevent
victims being assaulted again - and we hope this high-profile
initiative will help in our ongoing commitment to talking
There will be
representatives from the groups that make up the Warwickshire
Domestic Violence Forum. They will see first hand how officers
deal with a report of domestic violence when they ride in the
means other officers will be freed up for other duties.
taking part include: Coventry and Warwickshire Community Safety
scheme, North Warwickshire Borough Council, Wilson Hawley and Co
Solicitors, Warwickshire County Council social services,
Warwickshire Domestic Violence Support and ASHRAM, the Asian