Domestic abuse is a very complex crime and one that can manifest itself in many ways.
Tackling domestic abuse is a key part of Tim Passmore’s police and crime plan and a priority for Suffolk Constabulary, but understanding the extent of the problem in the county is a challenge, as it is largely under-reported by victims.
Mr Passmore said: “Domestic abuse is a terrible crime and the Constabulary is committed to dealing with it but it is difficult to deal with an issue unless you don’t really understand the extent of the problem.
“Working with University Campus Suffolk I have commissioned a research project so that we can better understand domestic abuse and how services can better support vulnerable victims.
“We need to really get to grips with the magnitude of this problem if we are going to deliver services that meet the needs of victims.
“I know this research by UCS will help us to really understand what we are dealing with here in Suffolk.”
Stuart Agnew, Senior Lecturer in Criminology at UCS said, “The focus of the project is to examine the perceptions and experiences of a particularly vulnerable and marginalised group who have been a victim of crime, during their journey through the criminal justice process.
“It is well established that victims of domestic violence have a wide variety of personal experiences and support needs. Our research team will work with victims of domestic violence, agencies who support victims of domestic abuse and professionals from the criminal justice system to highlight areas of good practice and further areas for development.
He added, “We expect the findings of this research to provide the Police & Crime Commissioner with robust evidence to inform of future policy developments.”
The PCC wants this work to truly reflect victims’ views and experiences, in order to support future service improvements.
If you have been a victim of domestic abuse and would like to share your views and perceptions of the service you received, then please contact UCS on the email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01473 338559.
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