Violence against Women and Girls: Charge Rates

Part of Home Department – in the House of Commons at on 20 March 2023.

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Photo of Sarah Dines Sarah Dines The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The confidence of any victim of abuse must be increased, and to that end the Government are spending unprecedented amounts on training not only new but existing police officers in how to deal with victims. Disabled victims are no different from any other victim, and they are entitled to the same number and quality of responses. I should add that police guidance dictates that officers will visit the scene of every reported instance of domestic abuse, the only exception being when it is unsafe for them to do so. The hon. Lady is right to raise this important issue, which we take very seriously.