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Enfield Council funds police body-cams to tackle domestic violence

Published Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Police officers will have video cameras strapped to their body vests to help bring perpetrators of domestic violence to justice after Enfield Council funded the purchase of 55 cameras.

The plan was launched to deal with the offence because domestic violence is notoriously difficult to prosecute offenders for as it can be difficult for victims to give evidence.
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: "A picture paints a thousand words. Many victims of domestic violence are reluctant to press ahead with providing a written statement after the police have attended an incident, which means prosecutions either don't get to court or, if they do, they do not lead to a conviction.
"If an officer with a body-worn camera attends a domestic violence incident they can record the victim's story in real time, see their injuries and capture the damage that this sort of violence causes in ways that cannot be reflected in a witness statement. That’s why we’ve funded these cameras.
”We are absolutely determined to help to bring the perpetrators to justice and our efforts to do that should not be jeopardised simply because the victim of this terrible crime is too frightened to give evidence against the person who is abusing them."
Statistics show that, on average, a person can be subjected to 35 different domestic violence attacks before they inform the police.
 It is estimated that around one million women each year experience an incident of domestic violence in the United Kingdom and at least 750,000 children witness domestic abuse in their own homes.
 Two women a week are killed by a partner or ex-partner and it is estimated that one in five women over the age of 16 has experienced some sort of stalking in their lifetime.

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