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Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls’ is a key priority in the Police and Crime Reduction Plan for South Wales. Whilst it is acknowledged that men and boys can also be affected by these types of abuse and violence, it remains the case that women are disproportionately affected in terms of occurrences and seriousness.
The British Crime Survey found that nearly one in three women will have experienced domestic abuse at some point in their lifetime and nearly one in five women will have experienced some form of sexual violence. Furthermore, women make up around 89% of all those who have experienced 4 or more incidents of domestic violence.
The Violence Against Women and Girls thematic review began in July 2013 and was conducted over five months. It is the first thematic review process to have been completed for South Wales Police.
The process highlighted the positive work that continues to take place in South Wales Police and the high regard that partner agencies have for the work of the police. It demonstrated the genuine commitment of South Wales Police senior officers and staff to being open to challenge in the desire to improve, wherever possible, for the benefit of victims. The review has also highlighted the notable complexities involved in providing a high quality service to victims of such serious forms of abuse and violence.
The overall findings highlighted key issues that South Wales Police should consider taking forward for the future in order to deliver on the Commissioner’s Police & Crime Reduction Plan priority of ‘Tackling violence against women and girls’. Our comprehensive thematic review into Violence Against Women & Girls in South Wales Police has led to the development of this joint plan. We are keen to positively deliver on the actions within the plan in order to work towards preventing violence against women and girls and providing the best possible response to victims.
Find out more: Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Plan 2014-17
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