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Domestic Violence Report - Dorset One of The Top Police Forces

David Lewis

8:09am 28th March 2014
(Updated 12:11pm 28th March 2014)

Dorset Police is one of the best when it comes to handling domestic violence, according to a new report.

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary says 35 out of 43 forces in England and Wales are failing victims when it comes to abuse.

Poor attitudes and ineffective training are being blamed and the charity Refuge is calling for a Public Inquiry.

But Dorset Police is 1 of 8 forces that's said to providing a good service to help people caught up in domestic violence.

The report states that generally Dorset Police provides a good service to victims of domestic abuse and helps to keep them safe.

The Force has a significant focus on this area and this is understood by officers and staff at all levels. The Force was found to have a well-developed and effective response to high risk victims, and its staff work well with partners in external agencies.

Assistant Chief Constable David Lewis said: "We are pleased that HMIC has viewed the Force's ongoing work positively, and that the public in Dorset can have confidence that we provide a good service to victims, although it must be stressed that we will not become complacent.

"We have just successfully implemented the introduction of the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (Clare's Law) to Dorset which gives potential victims information about the history of their partner, so they can make an informed decision about the relationship.

"It is another way for the police, partner agencies and our specialist domestic abuse services to work together in partnership to provide support and improve outcomes for those affected by domestic abuse, and to prevent abuse occurring in the future."

Dorset Police say they've seen a rise in the number of people reporting domestic violence.

The report made recommendations for the Force to give frontline officers more training.

ACC David Lewis added; "We continue to train our frontline staff in public protection issues and are continually reviewing our processes.

"Dorset Police has seen a rise in the number of reported cases of domestic abuse in recent years and I believe this is largely due to victims willing to report it to the police and take action against the perpetrator.


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