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"Unmask the abusers" logoA Domestic Violence Strategy

  • There were 36 domestic violence murders in the Capital in 2001;
  • Every six minutes a victim of domestic violence contacts police in London for help;
  • Almost half of those subjected to domestic violence will tell someone about their experiences;
  • One in ten of us will have a family member or friend who is a victim of domestic violence in London.

These are just some of the statistics from "Understanding and Responding to Hate Crime", a Metropolitan Police Service led, Home Office funded project that has helped to shape the Met's new proactive strategy towards domestic violence, which carries the title: "Enough is Enough!"

Detailed information

Central to the strategy are two main strands:

  • the safety of victims and children suffering domestic violence and;
  • the accountability of abusers

"Enough is Enough" aims to bring this serious, volume crime out from behind closed doors, unmask abusers and unveil the secrecy that they depend on to conceal their crimes.

The strategy brings together best practice of Met Community Safety Units and other statutory and voluntary agencies, focusing on the need for crisis intervention and longer-term support for victims.

25 percent of murders investigated by Metropolitan Police are domestic violence related. The new strategy realises early intervention and risk assessment are key to ensuring victims' safety.

Multi-agency domestic violence murder reviews are being established to look at the involvement of all agencies in domestic violence cases that lead to murder.

Initial plot reviews will be carried out, after which boroughs will conduct reviews for each domestic violence murder as it occurs. This will improve inter-agency working and better safeguard domestic violence victims.

The Met has also launched a domestic violence aide memoire card for police officers, produced in conjunction with Polaroid.

The card, which will be provided to every officer in the Met, forms part of an internal publicity drive in support of the Service's new strategy.

Speaking at the Foundling Museum in Brunswick Square, the Commissioner said:

"Domestic violence is one of the cowardliest crimes carried out by people in positions of trust - behind closed doors.

"Our job is to open those doors and build confidence in Londoners that we can and will deal with domestic violence in all its forms.

"We will constantly revisit our strategy and tactics with our partners so that we provide the best possible service for victims.

"Under the leadership of Professor Betsy Stanko the 'Understanding and Responding to Hate Crime' project has provided us with a wider perspective on domestic violence in London."

The launch event was opened by broadcaster Sharon Doughty. The Commissioner was also joined by:

  • Deputy Assistant Commissioner John Grieve (Head of the Racial and Violent Crime Task Force);
  • Commander Andy Baker (Serious Crime Group) and;
  • Professor Betsy Stanko (Director of the Economic and Social Research Council's Programme on Violence, who has led the 'Understanding and Responding to Hate Crime' project).
  • Actress Tania Emery (DC Kate Spears from "The Bill") also attended the launch.


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