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Sunday, 21 September 2014

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More must be done to help domestic violence victims, says Cumbria police commissioner

Cumbria is not doing enough to help victims of domestic violence.

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Thrashed out agreement:Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes

That’s the result of a six -month study into the subject, requested by county crime commissioner Richard Rhodes, who is demanding change.

He said today: “It was always expected that gaps and inconsistencies would be identified. It is helpful that the report has identified 39 key recommendations that will now form part of a multi-agency action plan.

“There is some good work already in place, I wish to build on this good work and, importantly, make services across the county more joined up and consistent which is not always the case unfortunately at the moment.”

Mr Rhodes added: “The needs of victims must be reflected in changes going forward. The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner will from October 2014 have the responsibility for services to victims in the county.”

The study, carried out by Hannah Bright of the Cumbria Probation Trust, the group responsible for schemes such community payback, says there is already a lot of good work being carried out but certain areas need to be looked at, especially, sexual violence.

She said: “Technology has changed the way that we all communicate but the risks also have to be recognised as well.”

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