Response to HMICFRS Report on Violence Against Women and Girls

A report released today by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services has warned that there needs to be a fundamental change to tackle what is described as ‘an epidemic’ of violence against women and girls.

The report, commissioned by the Home Secretary reviews the policing response to crimes against women and girls from prevention work in schools to management of dangerous offenders.

Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, said he welcomes the report, which has been undertaken in the wake of the murder of Sarah Everard in March this year:

“I recognise that the police are working hard to improve their response to this violence and that there have been considerable improvements in recent years.

“I also recognise that much more needs to be done and I particularly welcome the inspector’s finding that this is not something for the police alone.

“For this reason, I am holding a round table later this year to bring together all partners in South Yorkshire.

“We will map what each organisation is doing and seek to understand where victims are not being supported in the way they should or where they are being failed.

“I will also use all available funding to support those in the voluntary sector who work to prevent violence or to support victims.

“I am determined that we will commit ourselves totally to bring about whatever improvements are needed.”