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A Victims’ Panel has been set up, with the help of commissioned victim services, to obtain views from those with lived experience of VAWG crimes. A group of volunteers shared their experiences, with a view to helping services improve for future victims. This feedback has been shared with Kent Police and partners who provide a service to victims, so that we can all identify and share good practice, as well as identify areas where service delivery could improve. Their views mirrored some of those expressed in the larger survey undertaken last year.
We will introduce a wider independent victims' survey, so we capture feedback from even more victims.
Below are some common themes from the Victims' Panel:
Perpetrator Problem Profile. Holding perpetrators to account for their behaviour will be key to making women and girls safer. A detailed analysis of Kent Police offender data has been commissioned to build a perpetrator problem profile in Kent. This will be presented to the PCC and Kent Police Chief officers soon. It is hoped the findings will provide further insight into the extent of VAWG crime in Kent. Moreover, it is hoped the data will highlight areas where proactive and prevention work can be carried out, as well as informing offender management processes.
Kent Police is trialling a new role: Domestic Abuse Liaison Officer. The role is currently being piloted in one area of the county. The DALO's impact will be assessed and considered by Chief Officers who will make a decision as to whether to roll it out further. The piloted role:
victims’ needs and wishes
I will utilise an action plan to hold the force to account for the delivery of relevant recommendations, as well as the performance of work in their new VAWG strategy. The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners have built an action plan to hold organisations to account. This action plan will be incorporated into our work to keep track of performance against different areas of business.
This report will be a living document and a platform to work from to improve the safety and fear of crime of women and girls across Kent. The coordination of all activity under the VAWG umbrella will be managed by a coordinator in the office to work closer alongside the force, charities, and criminal justice agencies.
Using statutory meetings as a way to hold to account. VAWG will be a significant part of the report the Chief Constable presents to me at my quarterly Performance and Delivery Board. I will continue to update the Police and Crime Panel on this inquiry work even after the report has been published to lay out how my office and the force are working towards tackling VAWG in all its guises.