Conference focusing on Victim Safety and Tackling Domestic Abuse held in Gwent

Written by on 28th June 2018

Gwent Police is pleased to be holding a conference today, Thursday 28thJune, focusing on victim safety and tackling domestic abuse.

The Conference has been designed specifically for frontline police officers.

The Force welcomes Yasmin Khan, Welsh Government Advisor on Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence, to open the conference, alongside the Deputy Chief Constable, Pam Kelly and the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Eleri Thomas.

Highlights include a Gwent officer speaking about a case where he was able to secure a prosecution against a domestic violence perpetrator without the involvement of the victim, as well as Gwent domestic abuse survivor, Lisa Flavin, who will be speaking about her personal experience with the Criminal Justice System.

There will also be an input from the Laura Richards Foundation;  the founder of which developed the Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Harassment and Honour Based Violence risk assessment and management model on behalf of the National Police Chief’s Council and in partnership with Safer Lives.

Delegates will also hear feedback from the Crown Prosecution Service about Coercive Control cases and there will be an input from TecSOS; an initiative that seeks to support victims of domestic abuse through technology that enables enhanced access to the police in an emergency.

Finally, representatives from Operation Encompass will be raising awareness of their unique Police and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people exposed to domestic abuse.  The partnership facilitates information sharing between police and schools before the start of the next  school day when a child or young person has been involved or exposed to a domestic abuse incident the previous evening.

DCC Pam Kelly said;

I am very proud to be hosting this extremely important event in Gwent.  Continual learning from partner agencies and sharing best practice is vital within this area of policing and any steps we can take to improve and build on the service we are delivering to victims and the action we are taking against perpetrators is both welcomed and encouraged.  I am very much looking forward to hearing the valuable inputs from all those attending.

Organiser of the conference, DCI Steve Maloney, who leads on Domestic Abuse for Gwent Police adds;

This conference encapsulates a range of the most up to date and relevant domestic abuse-related issues and topics frontline police officers need to know about.  The purpose of the event is to highlight vulnerability, specifically domestic abuse, with a focus on victim safety.  Increasing the confidence of those who are experiencing domestic abuse to come forward and speak with police is pertinent, and I hope that people feel reassured to know that we have specially trained resources dedicated to this area of work, who are ready to provide the support needed to secure their safety and take action against offenders.

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