Lincolnshire's Domestic Abuse Conference 2018
Agencies must work together to tackle the “despicable crime” of domestic abuse, Police and Crime Commissioner told delegates at a conference today (Mon 26th).
PCC Marc Jones told the Lincolnshire Domestic Abuse Conference the problem “creates deep scars in our communities” and, despite much good work, there is a still a “long journey ahead”.
More than 130 professionals from children’s services, charities and policing came together at the Showroom in Lincoln to share information and knowledge in a bid to improve services for victims in the county.
Among the speakers addressing the conference were Luke and Ryan Hart, whose father murdered their mother Claire and sister Charlotte in Spalding in 2016.
The event – organised jointly by the PCC’s office, the county council and Lincolnshire Police – was opened with a specially recorded video from MP Victoria Atkins, Minister for Vulnerability, Safeguarding and Countering Extremism.
Attendees were also informed that work in a school in Boston and South Holland area have led to 70 children coming forward to report abuse.
Other speakers included:
• Celia Madden and Lara Iggulden from Edan Lincs – talking about delivery of countywide domestic abuse services.
• Sarah Smith from South Lincolnshire domestic abuse service manager – about work in schools to highlight healthy relationships
• Ceryl Davies – about child to parent abuse
• Victoria Cousins, from Respect, and Ciara Bergman from Women’s Aid Federation – about Make a Change, a new project designed to provide an early response to domestic abuse.
According to the Lincolnshire Research Observatory in 2015-16 there were circa 10,000 incidents of domestic abuse reported to Lincolnshire Police and a total of 875 victims identified as at high risk of serious harm or death.
While many victims don't report their abuse, domestic abuse nonetheless accounts for a high proportion of the workload of many public agencies in Lincolnshire, including one in seven police urgent emergency callouts, one in three violent crimes and an estimated 3,376 healthcare users.
Since April 2011 there have been nine cases involving 13 deaths that have been the subject of a domestic homicide review in Lincolnshire.
“The figures themselves show what a huge problem domestic abuse is in our county and how creates deep scars in our communities,” said Mr Jones.
“It is a despicable crime and the solution is not simple because often the abuse is not physical in nature so there are no outward signs. Coercive and controlling behaviour is as damaging but harder to identify.
“But we will never make progress unless all agencies work together. The conference was a fantastic opportunity to hear from professionals and victims and to share best practice and knowledge.
“I hope opportunities to work together will emerge from the event so we can make further progress in the drive to eradicate the crime and better protect victims.”
For more information contact Jon Grubb from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on 07780 953575 or firstname.lastname@example.org