Domestic violence scheme successful

Pictured is Sgt Paul Valentine
Pictured is Sgt Paul Valentine

Incidents of domestic abuse have fallen by over nine per cent in Daventry and South Northants thanks to an initiative launched in June.

Domestic abuse accounts for around 30 per cent of violent crime but has been reduced by 9.3 per cent in the past year thanks to the creation of the domestic abuse forum (DAF).

Sgt Paul Valentine from the Daventry Rural Safer Community Team said: “I am really pleased with the way the partnership is working, it’s been very effective so far.”

“In addition to the reduction we have also seen a 60 per cent success in medium risk domestic abuse cases being reduced to low risk.”

Due to the success of the DAF it is likely to be made best practice in the force and modelled across the county.

The forum, made up of police, the community safety partnership (CSP), domestic abuse charity Women’s Aid and drugs and alcohol charity Aquarius, meet fortnightly to provide support and intervention to victims.

Sgt Valentine said: “We have a process whereby every domestic incident is followed up to assess the situation and causes in the cold light of day. Many victims have said that the police presence is helpful, and sometimes a deterrent.”

When they visit officers also signpost both victims and perpetrators to support courses offered by the DAF.

In cases of repeat domestic incidents (medium risk), the DAF produces an intervention plan which is reviewed at each meeting. A total of 25 cases have been reduced from medium risk to low risk through this intervention since June.

Force leader on protecting vulnerable people, Detective Chief Inspector Steve Lingley said: “The DAF demonstrates what can be achieved when bringing partners together.

“I am considering how we can learn from this good practice and how this can best be adopted countywide.”

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