Domestic abuse victims

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2972
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Are you satisfied with the police response to domestic abuse victims?

Answer

Answer for Domestic abuse victims

Answer for Domestic abuse victims

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Domestic abuse is a significantly under-reported crime and it is critical that victims/survivors receive an excellent response when they do choose to report it. I am satisfied that the MPS takes its response to domestic abuse victims/survivors very seriously; however I know that the MPS would agree that there is still further work to be done to improve the response and a programme of work is underway to achieve this.

MPS staffing levels for domestic abuse were recently reviewed and increased by 30% and domestic abuse policy has been reviewed and now provides practical checklists to staff, focusing upon the gathering of as much evidence as possible when they first attend calls. This is being supported by the rollout of Body Worn Video and electronic hand held devices, which will assist with capturing images and electronic statements and reduce the need to rely on the evidence of the victim at court.

An MPS working group is looking at remote video links for victims to give evidence away from court and failed cases are being dip sampled to identify learning to enhance the service the MPS provides to victims. Work is also underway with the CPS and courts to improve the efficiency of processes and ensure swifter justice for victims.

This complements the work that MOPAC is doing to ensure a comprehensive IDVA service across London.