Force makes it easier to report domestic abuse

Force makes it easier to report domestic abuse

Force makes it easier to report domestic abuse

First published in Echo News by

ESSEX Police has changed the way it deals with calls about domestic abuse incidents after speaking with victims.

The force has been meeting with the men and women to find out more about the service they received and how it could be improved.

It comes just three days after the Southend Community Safety Partnership revealed numerous failings by Essex Police in the lead up to the death of 47-year-old Jeanette Goodwin at the hands of her ex-partner Martin Bunch, 44, on Quebec Avenue, Southend, on July 24, 2011.

Claire Heath, head of customer service for the force, said: "What we wanted to find out was what worked well, how police involvement made victims feel and how we, and our partners in Essex, could improve.

"It has been very much about giving victims a voice in the way we approach domestic abuse incidents so we can tailor our response accordingly.

"We wanted to learn and understand how we can improve their confidence in us as a service and how we can shape future services to give them the support that they need from the first point of contact right through to the end of the court process, if necessary.”

One of the outcomes of the work so far has been changes to the way domestic abuse victims can now contact the force.

There is now a special Freephone Domestic Abuse telephone number for victims to call on 0800 358 0351.

Mrs Heath said: "Many victims had asked for a Freephone number to call so that if they want to get updates on the progress of their case they could do so without any cost. This number offers an alternative for those suffering from domestic abuse to make contact with Essex Police.”

The force had also changed the way it handles calls to make sure that victims are not asked unnecessary questions when they make contact.

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10:24am Tue 4 Mar 14

Letmetryagain says...

If all else fails, call a meeting.

It's all very well police responding to calls, but the person being abused often drops the charge, which wastes police time.
The police can only do so much, and are constricted by the laws which apply.

They always take the blame though, them and the social services.
If all else fails, call a meeting. It's all very well police responding to calls, but the person being abused often drops the charge, which wastes police time. The police can only do so much, and are constricted by the laws which apply. They always take the blame though, them and the social services. Letmetryagain
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2:47pm Tue 4 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Letmetryagain wrote:
If all else fails, call a meeting.

It's all very well police responding to calls, but the person being abused often drops the charge, which wastes police time.
The police can only do so much, and are constricted by the laws which apply.

They always take the blame though, them and the social services.
Wrong, cases that are reported, are then investigated, and if the evidence is there, that person will get charged, even if the person assaulted wants to forgive and forget, as an assault on another person is an offence, and is now dealt with.
[quote][p][bold]Letmetryagain[/bold] wrote: If all else fails, call a meeting. It's all very well police responding to calls, but the person being abused often drops the charge, which wastes police time. The police can only do so much, and are constricted by the laws which apply. They always take the blame though, them and the social services.[/p][/quote]Wrong, cases that are reported, are then investigated, and if the evidence is there, that person will get charged, even if the person assaulted wants to forgive and forget, as an assault on another person is an offence, and is now dealt with. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
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