Police do well to support victims

Bexhill Observer letters
Bexhill Observer letters
0
Have your say

From: Cllr Charles Clark, County Councillor, Bexhill East

RE. last week’s report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) on Sussex Police.

I felt the comments made regarding Sussex Police responses to domestic abuse were unfair and ill-informed.

Sussex Police became the first police force in the country to be awarded White Ribbon status.

This was awarded in recognition of its work in tackling domestic abuse and violence cases.

Sussex Police has provided a dedicated unit to respond to incidents of domestic abuse, which includes independent domestic abuse advisors, which means victims get specialist support quicker.

Sussex Police has a website with lots of information on support available to victims of domestic abuse.

Domestic abuse accounts for eight per cent of recorded crime.

The extent of domestic abuse remains shocking.

Seventy-seven women were killed by their partners or ex-partners in 2012-13.

In fact, domestic abuse reporting is on the increase, because victims feel they will be supported, which was not always the case in the past.

Of course it is better to have more personal visits to support victims of domestic abuse, they need to be supported and advised at a difficult time in their lives.

In recent years, I have supported families in my ward who were suffering domestic abuse, and I know they received good support from our local police force.

Sussex Police is doing its best to manage with the resources available to them.

Continuing to make cuts in police funding will not help Sussex Police to be effective in all the issues they face in policing the county.

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.
Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.
1) Make our website your homepage at www.bexhillobserver.net/
2) Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bexhillobserver
3) Follow us on Twitter @BexhillObs 
4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.
And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!
The Bexhill Observer - always the first with your local news.
Be part of it.