Justice for Women


 

Jonathan Smith has learnt that in Cheshire, if you are a victim of domestic violence (you are most likely to be a woman), and you – or someone else – reports it to the Cheshire Police, you stand only a 1 in 11 chance that the perpetrator will be charged with the offence; that is, even before the matter comes before the courts.

The equivalent national figure is more like 1 in 4, as reported by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services. So concerned are the Inspectorate by this national figure that they are requiring all forces to “assess the closure rates for domestic abuse crimes and draw up a plan of action for improving them.

Incredibly, in Cheshire, the picture is three times worse: almost 92% of all domestic abuse matters reported to the Cheshire Police never end up with anyone formally being held to account.

Jonathan says "A Freedom of Information Request revealed this calamitous and dangerous state of affairs for women across our County. I have tried to find out what Cheshire Police are doing about this. Repeated attempts (two emails and one phone call) to Cheshire’s own Police and Crime Commissioner have failed to get any kind of response.

I will be pursuing this matter. The women of Cheshire are entitled to: a justice system that prioritises preventing and tackling violence in the home; a published strategy to radically improve current performance; and a Commissioner who takes seriously his accountability to the people he was elected to serve, and who fulfils his key role, namely: “to cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service within their force area.


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