Matthew Barber, Thames Valley’s Police & Crime Commissioner has welcomed the publication of policing’s plans to improve its response to violence against women and girls.
Responding to the launch of the National Police Chiefs’ Council-College of Policing framework, Matthew Barber said: “The document sets out actions for operational policing to increase confidence and re-build trust across our communities.”
“In the new year I will be consulting on local strategies to improve our response to domestic abuse; rape and sexual assaults; and the safety of women in public places. Tackling these issues is not just one for policing, but a matter for the wider criminal justice system. Delays in getting to court, all too often mean that victims lose confidence and perpetrators can walk free.
“Work already taking place in Thames Valley to bring cases to court faster, improve the quality of investigations and to focus on the predatory behaviour of men will all be part of the solution and we must redouble our efforts to overcome some of the really challenging barriers to delivering justice for victims.
“As a wider society, we all have a role to play. Whether that is educating our children, recognising the signs of abuse, or ensuring that violent and abusive behaviour is unacceptable in all of our communities. Together we can reduce male violence against women.”