A long-time and staunch supporter of victims of domestic violence in Nottinghamshire, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Chris Cutland is keen that people continue to report these crimes to the police.
“Commissioner Paddy Tipping and I are supporting victims in as many ways as possible to fill any gaps created by reductions in funding, and we are encouraged that so many people are coming forward to put a stop to this cowardly abuse,” Ms Cutland said.
“Our Office is part of a countywide group that sets and scrutinises domestic violence statistics, and is making sure that partners are working together. We are also leading a review of all the partners in the county to ensure that in future the needs of people in preventing domestic violence and becoming victims are met.”
Ms Cutland also pointed to the Commissioner’s allocation of grant funds to various groups such as the McKenzie Friends. “The Friends speak on behalf of people too traumatised to speak up for themselves, and we are also providing extra funding to groups helping 16-18 year olds where domestic violence is now a recognised offence, and those classed at medium risk.
“This kind of help provides a great service as it can result in people becoming more likely to go to court and be a witness.”
The Deputy Commissioner was pointing to the different kinds of help already being made available in the county in the wake of suggestions that fewer people in England and Wales are being taken through the courts in relation to domestic violence.
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Posted on Friday 6th September 2013