Earlier this month, a report was released by the IPCC regarding the investigation in to a case of domestic abuse in South Wales. The investigation found that the South Wales police failed to appropriately access relevant information, failed to properly alert the victim of the risks to her safety, and did not deal well with the escalating situation.
Following the outcome of this investigation, the Police and Crime Commissioner, Alun Michael, and Chief Constable, Peter Vaughn, have reaffirmed their commitment to drastically reduce violence against women and girls across South Wales. This is set out as a priority in the Commissioner’s 2014 Police and Crime Reduction plan.
To coincide with this part of the plan to tackle violence against women and girls, South Wales police are also launching their ‘Open Your Eyes’ campaign. Through this campaign everyone will be encouraged to look out for any signs of domestic violence and abuse.
Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Sophie Howe, says “Friends, relatives and neighbours are particularly key here; they are more likely to be suspicious of something. That first intervention is so important.”
Gender-based violence is a priority due to the large numbers of women and girls that are at risk every day, and this plan and coinciding campaign aims to help those affected by domestic abuse, sexual violence, stalking, female genital mutilation, trafficking, and ‘honour’ based crimes, and ensure that all victims or domestic abuse feel able to report crimes and receive the best possible support services.
This plan and campaign presents the opportunity for South Wales police to link their action with the forthcoming legislation from the Welsh Government on Ending Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse, and Sexual Violence.
To view the South Wales Police plan for Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls, please click here.
For more information about the Open Your Eyes Campaign, you can click here, or follow the commissioner on twitter @commissionersw and the South Wales Police on twitter @swpolice. You can also join in the conversation and show your support with the hashtag #openyoureyes.