Independent Police Commissioner candidate sets out his policy on reducing domestic violence
By skelton_pcc1 | Saturday, November 03, 2012, 21:43
Colin Skelton, an independent candidate for the role of Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire, has expanded his manifesto commitments designed to reduce domestic violence and sexual assault crime.
Colin Said "Domestic abuse, rape and sexual assaults are awful crimes, they are life changing. We have a duty to victims to provide them with support, care and justice."
Colin continued "The overall aim is simple, prevention is better than cure and we must drive down offending and reoffending. Within Wiltshire our Police service has been both innovative and effective at tackling these crimes. Wiltshire trialled and uses both Domestic Violence Protection Orders and Claire's law, as well as having highly trained and dedicated Sexual Offence Liaison Officers and the Sexual Assault referral Centre in Swindon. All will stay if I am elected. "
Colin has put forward three main strands that would work alongside the current arrangements operating within Wiltshire Police. These are:
Introducing a day reporting system for early offenders:
Offenders just starting their offending behaviour have to report to a Police Station twice a day for three weeks for the first arrest, six weeks for a second arrest and twelve weeks for a third arrest. The idea behind this is that the day reporting disrupts the offender's life. They have to juggle their life around the visits to the Police Station. This is such an inconvenience that they think hard about committing a second offence because it would mean more inconvenience.
Results of such a system in the US have been promising with 20% reduction in reoffending for domestic abuse.
Strengthening Multi Agency Safeguarding Hubs (MASH)
MASH works by bringing together all the agencies associated with domestic abuse, sexual offences so that they communicate together really well to the benefit of victims. These would be strengthened and enhanced.
One way to reduce the overall level of these offences is to better educate our young people about domestic and sexual violence and the profound effect it has upon victims. A domestic violence, sexual assault educational outreach programme will be delivered to targeted groups at risk of offending.
Colin said "I believe, that these three approaches coupled with the current system and the hard work and dedication of Police Officers, PCSO's and Police staff could make a real impact on reducing this type of crime."
Colin has blogged information about this strategy in more detail at www.skelton4wiltspcc.wordpress.com and produced a detailed Policing manifesto and budget for Wiltshire which can be downloaded from his campaign website at www.skelton4wiltspcc.co.uk