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The Met’s 16 Days of Action against domestic abuse

News   •   Dec 17, 2019 16:07 GMT

[Commissioner Cressida Dick and Commander Sue Williams]

Officers from across London took part in enhanced activity to challenge domestic abuse by tackling perpetrators and safeguarding victims during 16 Days of Action.

The Met, along with other organisations from around the world, took part in the ’16 Days of Action’ campaign associated with White Ribbon Day which took place on Monday, 25 November.

During the campaign officers targeted outstanding offenders; during the 16 days 142 were located across London.

Activities also included officers talking to communities about domestic abuse and forced marriage. Officers distributed crime prevention leaflets and signed pledges locally to tackle this abuse.

Safeguarding teams secured more than 50 Domestic Violence Protection Notices (DVPNs). DVPNs are aimed at protecting victims from further violence in cases where charging a perpetrator with a criminal offence is not possible.

Domestic abuse crimes affect people from all walks of life and deeply impacts victims and their families. These appalling crimes are perpetrated by people who are supposed to be close to the victims, for whom the emotional and psychological trauma often endures long-term.

Detective Superintendent John Ross, Lead Responsible Officer for Domestic Abuse, said: “This year’s 16 days of action saw Basic Command Units across the Met reaching out to their local communities, promoting a positive action approach to domestic abuse, and demonstrating this with decisive action against domestic abuse perpetrators.

“I have been thoroughly impressed with the many officers I have spoken with who are driven by a passion for tackling domestic abuse - not just for 16 days, but day in, day out, all year round, as demonstrated by the high quality work they do, and the fantastic results they have achieved.”

The Met has demonstrated a commitment to a White Ribbon plan and was accredited in March 2019 – a huge achievement in our step to tackle domestic abuse, working with our partners.

Due to the interpersonal nature of the crimes, domestic abuse investigations are often complicated and have to be handled sensitively. No two cases are the same. As with every case across all crime types, cases need to meet the evidential test in order for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to bring a prosecution.

Even in cases where a suspect is identified, for example, there may be other barriers to progressing an investigation. These may relate to evidential issues; other information received as part of the investigation, or consideration about the public interest in prosecuting the case in light of other factors. However, the Met will always seek to bring perpetrators to justice where possible.

Domestic abuse investigators work closely with independent domestic violence advisors and specialist domestic support agencies, in order to ensure that victims of domestic abuse are able to access the help and support they need.

The Met is committed to reducing the number of repeat victims of domestic abuse in the capital. This cannot be achieved through enforcement alone, and we work closely with partners to identify ways to prevent abuse, criminal behaviour and reduce harm.

If you would like to become a White Ribbon Ambassador and make a difference visit: www.whiteribbon.org.uk/ambassadors (for men) and www.whiteribbon.org.uk/champions (for women)

Domestic abuse affects people from all walks of life and in many different ways. To find out what is considered as domestic abuse, how to report is and how, under Clare’s Law, you can find out if a partner has a history of domestic violence or abuse: www.met.police.uk/advice-and-information/daa/domestic-abuse/