Thames Valley Police receives a report of domestic abuse every 11 minutes, every day.
To support victims, their families and friends the Force is launching a campaign today (21/11) #SafeAtHome.
The #SafeAtHome campaign highlights the help available for victims, their families and friends and the action to take if you believe someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse (DA).
The campaign builds on the work of TVP’s domestic abuse team that featured on BBC earlier this year in the ground-breaking documentary on domestic abuse Behind Closed Doors. The progamme makers were given unparalleled access to the Force’s work with victims of domestic abuse over the period of a year.
Tackling Domestic Abuse is a top priority for the Force. The campaign highlights the innovative work theForce is undertaking to train officers in coercive control and new legislation.
The TVP Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit is a team of specialist officers based across the Thames Valley who investigate domestic abuse and work to keep victims safe.
Recent cases illustrate the ever present threat to victims of domestic abuse. Paul Hemming was found guilty on 4 November of murdering his partner Natalie Hemming in May this year.
Senior investigating officer Det Ch Insp Simon Steel, from Thames Valley Police Major Crime unit, said: “Hemming killed Natalie in their home in a violent attack while her three children were upstairs asleep. He had opportunities to admit what he had done to lessen the anguish of her family who were desperately missing their mother, daughter and sister, however he only admitted to killing her on the first day of his trial. He then maintained this was an act of manslaughter, which resulted in Natalie’s family having to endure the trial.
“This act followed episodes of domestic abuse experienced by Natalie at Paul’s hands, and has left three children to grow up without their mother.”
TVP has staff who are specially trained to support victims and their families throughout a case. Domestic abuse can be physical, emotional, financial or mental abuse by one person over another with whom there is, or has been, a relationship. It can involve partners, ex-partners and also family members.
The extent and nature of domestic abuse remains shocking. Domestic abuse causes both serious harm and constitutes a considerable proportion of overall crime:
- Recorded domestic abuse is up nine percent on last year in TVP
- It affects one in five children nationally and anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse.
- Nationally of the 303 partner/ex-partner domestic homicides over the three years to March 2015, 60 victims were men and 243 were women. (Office of National Statistics, 2015)
- Domestic abuse crimes are between 8 and 12 per cent of all recorded crime in police forces throughout England and Wales. (HMIC 2015)
- Women are seven times more likely to be killed by partners/ex-partners than men. (Office of National Statistics, 2015)
- 4.5 million women aged 18-59 have reported being victims of domestic abuse. 2.2 million men. Women are twice as likely to have been a DA victim in the last year (Office of National Statistics, 2015)
To report domestic abuse please call police via 101. If it is an emergency please call 999. All reports are fully investigated with the protection of the victim being the priority. As well as support from the team of officers there are also a number of voluntary organisations which provide help and advice to victims of domestic abuse.