Response to watchdog's findings on violence against women and girls
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Wiltshire Police has responded to a police watchdog's report on how we deal with the offence of violence against women and girls.
In March 2021, the Home Secretary commissioned Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) to inspect police engagement with women and girls.
Today's (07/07) interim report sets out findings and recommendations from one part of this inspection: 'an analysis of existing evidence based on how effectively the police respond to violence against women and girls (VAWG) offences - including: rape, domestic abuse, harassment and honour-based abuse.'
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Cooper said: "Following the tragic death of Sarah Everard in March, this has brought to the forefront public concerns about women and girls’ safety in public places. Although, we - as a police force - have always been aware of and have dealt with this type of complex crime.
"We welcome the report's findings and recognise that, although improvements into how we respond and investigate VAWG crimes have been made, more work needs to be done to strengthen our joint working with partners with the aim of protecting victims, bringing offenders to justice and ultimately stopping the cycle of abuse.
"This is one of the most intrusive, personal violating crimes, which can leave the victim feeling vulnerable both physically and psychologically for years, if not for the rest of their life. No one deserves to feel like that.
"Wiltshire is a very safe county, but we will continue to work with our stakeholders, following the recommendations of this interim report, to ensure the public can feel safe day or night in our towns and villages."
If you are a victim of violence please contact police on 999, if the crime is in progress or has just happened, via 101 or our website. You can also report anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.