Praise for work to combat violence

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INSPECTORS have praised Northumbria Police for their treatment of domestic violence incidents.

In a national inspection of how police forces respond to these types of crimes, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) found that tackling domestic abuse is a clear priority.

However, inspectors said but more needs to be done to ensure that victims are routinely updated when a perpetrator is released and their risk level assessed.

Nationally, HMIC has identified that the police response to domestic abuse is not good enough and must be improved.

In Northumbria, domestic abuse accounts for six per cent of calls to the police for assistance. Of these calls, 22 per cent were from repeat victims and domestic abuse accounts for seven per cent of all recorded crime.

The force also recorded 5,757 assaults with injury, of these 1,848 were domestic abuse related.

This is 32 per cent of all assaults with injury recorded for the 12 months to end of August 2013.

For every 100 domestic abuse crimes recorded, there were 86 arrests in Northumbria – for most forces, the number is between 45 and 90.