Increase in Domestic Violence Offences

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-12-18
Session date: 
December 18, 2013
Reference: 
2013/4706
Question By: 
Roger Evans
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

I am very concerned that figures obtained by the London Probation Trust from police show that domestic violence offences in the 12 months leading up to September 2013 have increased in Redbridge by 18.8 per cent.  Do you know why is this happening and what are the police doing to ensure that victims of domestic violence are being helped?

Answer

Answer for Increase in Domestic Violence Offences

Answer for Increase in Domestic Violence Offences

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS anticipated an increase in offences due to changes in the Home Office definition of Domestic Violence to include victims aged 16-17. Of the 18.8% rise in Redbridge, 14 percentage points is directly attributable to these changes.

A DV continuous improvement plan has been rolled out across the MPS from November 2013 with Senior Leadership Team members being appointed to drive activity at a borough level. In addition to this, MOPAC has awarded Redbridge £204,000 to invest in a DV programme over the next 4 years.