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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Cumbria police praised for domestic violence arrests

ALMOST 90 per cent of domestic violence offences in Cumbria result in an arrest, a report has revealed.

The report ‘Everybody’s Business’ has been published today by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary into the state of policing one of the country’s biggest under-reported crimes.

Cumbria police have been heralded as dealing with incidents well by Roger Baker, chief HMIC inspector for the North, with the force making 89 arrests for every 100 reported domestic abuse crimes, nationally forces record an average of around 45.

Cumbria police said there were 2,308 domestic incidents from August 2012 to August 2013 of these crimes 40 per cent resulted in a charge, 11 per cent resulted in a caution and, one per cent were disposed of outside court.

Domestic violence equates to two per cent of all calls to Cumbria police and 10 per cent of Cumbria’s crime, 45 per cent of these calls are from repeat victims.

There were 116 assaults with intent to cause serious harm from August 2012 to August 2013, 29 of which related to domestic violence, there were also 2,272 assaults with injury recorded for the same period, of these 717 were domestic abuse related – 32 per cent of all assaults.

For every 100 domestic abuse crimes recorded there were 89 arrests in Cumbria, the average is between 45 and 90.

Mr Baker said: “Although HMIC found much effective work being done to tackle domestic abuse in Cumbria, there are several areas for improvement which the force needs to address before it can be confident that a consistently good service is provided to victims of domestic abuse across the whole force area.

“Tackling domestic abuse is a priority for the force and staff demonstrated a high level of commitment and awareness, they exercised appropriate discretion and worked well with partners.

“This report outlines a number of areas where the force could further strengthen its response.”

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