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Abusers warned

Published Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Enfield Council and the Metropolitan Police are warning people who abuse their partners that they will be prosecuted even if their victims are unwilling or unable to give evidence.

Domestic violence prosecutions are notoriously difficult to bring to court and Enfield Council and the police are pushing for more victimless prosecutions to allow them to take control of these cases. 
 
Enfield Council has supported the police by providing officers with body worn cameras to capture evidence when they arrive at an incident. The Metropolitan Police Service have since adopted this more widely.
 
Statistics show that one in four women and one in six men will be a victim of domestic violence in their lifetimes, with many being repeatedly targeted. On average 35 assaults occur before the police are called. 
 
Statistics from Women’s Aid show an incident of domestic violence is reported to the police every minute in the UK and on average two women a week are killed by a current or former male partner.

It’s not just adults that suffer; there are repercussions for the whole family with 750,000 children a year witnessing domestic violence at home.
 
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “We are actively working to increase the number of domestic violence prosecutions and victimless prosecutions mean that abusers are prosecuted and charged regardless of whether or not their victims come forward.
 
“I’d urge people to report any suspected incidents of domestic violence as we make it easier and less traumatic for them to report their experiences so that we can track down, punish and ultimately rehabilitate the people responsible for these awful crimes.”
 
For more information about domestic violence and information about the support available visit at the Womens Aid website  or the Enfield Council website  or call the free National Domestic Violence helpline on 0808 2000 247 0808 2000 247, alternatively email.

If you feel threatened or unsafe, you should always dial 999.

 

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