University and police team up to help victims

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POLICE and university chiefs have teamed up to help domestic violence victims.

Following a proposal from Ron Hogg, Durham Police and Crime Commissioner, the force is working together with Durham University to conduct research into victims’ experiences when reporting incidents of domestic abuse.

The research will focus on the voice of the victim, and a new interactive training programme will be designed and rolled out for officers.

Mr Hogg said: “This underlines the commitment to the development of an evidence-based strategy for more effective police delivery. It is absolutely vital, in such a difficult and sensitive area of policing, and we are certain that it will lead to a much greater, enhanced service delivery for victims of domestic and sexual abuse.”

Paul Goundry from Durham Police, added: “As a force, we seek to continuously improve how we respond to all reports made by the public and domestic abuse is no exception.“