Violent Crime in London


Joanne McCartney AM:  I want to come back to the issue of the rate of violent crime and I heard and I have asked questions of the Mayor, I think the last three Mayor’s questions, about what is driving this increase.  I would just like to comment on something Andrew Boff [AM] said about domestic violence, undoubtedly part of that is the increase in recorded domestic violence, however I am hearing from my boroughs it is about an increase in reporting, however also about an increase.


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  About actual domestic violence, yes.


Joanne McCartney AM:  Therefore I was wondering if either the MPS or perhaps the Mayor, in your group you have that look at violence against women and girls, could do some work to try to get to the bottom of this.  I know it is a difficult topic, however would you commit to doing that?


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  I think we should and I think we should look at that through the Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy and we should be talking to all the rape crisis centres, all the organisations across London, that are taking in women and girls and hearing their stories.  I have already said this; it is not a good enough reason just to say that there is more reporting of it.  That does not mean that we can ignore it.  It could be that it also reflects some social changes that are going on, some phenomenon that we need to understand better, and that is not showing up in other crime types, and that is --


Joanne McCartney AM:  Therefore can I say that is a commitment from you that you will get that work done?


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  I certainly think we should because I have now heard from several people that they are suspicious about this glib assertion that it is just reporting.  I think we need to dig deeper into that and see what is really going on.