PCC welomes CPS commitment to male victims of abuse
The Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott has welcomed today’s commitment by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to support male victims of abuse.
Mr Scott has previously spoken about the importance of boosting confidence among male victims of domestic abuse and sexual abuse to report crimes and seek support.
He told the national Police Federation Annual Conference (pictured above) earlier this year:
Today, the CPS outlined its support for male victims of domestic abuse, rape, sexual offences, stalking, forced marriage, honour-based violence, child abuse, prostitution, human trafficking focusing on sexual exploitation, pornography and obscenity.
‘More needs to be done by police forces and wider society to give male victims of domestic abuse and violence the same confidence [as women] that they will be treated seriously, so that they report in greater numbers.’
Mr Scott commended the announcement, saying:
Mr Scott added:
‘My own Safer in Kent Plan includes a commitment to raise awareness of domestic abuse services for men because we know incidents of domestic abuse, and sexual abuse, among men are under-reported. I’ve raised this with the Chief Constable as well and I’m assured Kent Police is doing more to give victims the confidence to come forward.
‘That the CPS will be giving prosecutors more information to improve their understanding of male victims’ experiences too, and the reasons why they may not report crime, can only be a good thing.’
‘Of course, we must not lose sight of the fact that the majority of abuse victims are women and girls. That’s why I’ve signed up as a White Ribbon UK Ambassador to be a positive role model for other men.
‘The services I commission support all victims of abuse in Kent to ensure victims - whether male or female, including the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) community - are able to access appropriate support services. I’d encourage any victims in Kent and Medway to visit domesticabuseservices.org.uk to see what help is available where they live.’