Community safety delivery plan outline 2022 - 2023

Priority one: domestic abuse

The UK government’s definition of domestic abuse is “any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to psychological, physical, sexual, financial, emotional.”

Domestic abuse in Lichfield District

In 2020-21 there were 1,240 DA-related crimes in Lichfield, equivalent to a rate of 11.7 per 1,000 population. This is one of the lowest rates in the force-area. Although crime overall in Lichfield has reduced considerably in 2020-21, DA crime has slightly increased (+5%) with DA accounting for 26% of all crime in the local area.  Although the overall rate for Lichfield District is lower than the force average, there are three wards where incidents are higher than the force average. These are Curborough (26.1), Chasetown (22.8), (Chadsmead, 17.9).

Lichfield Response

As a priority, partners need to continue to work together to both support the victims of domestic abuse and to reduce the risk and harm caused by perpetrators of domestic abuse.  Our priority as a partnership will be to reduce repeat offenders and victims by raising awareness and encouraging reporting at the earliest opportunity.

Actions we will take

  • Further develop the local MARAC
  • Develop a MATAC (Multi agency tactical assessment meeting) to target repeat offenders
  • Continue to support victims and their families including children and young people
  • Support Operation Encompass at a local level
  • Raise awareness of how support can be accessed and awareness to perpetrators of what behaviour is unacceptable
  • Targeted awareness raising at schools and youth provision with aim to gain stronger engagement with police and other agencies
  • Gain understanding of what awareness raising is taking place in schools and identify any gaps
  • Support local and national campaigns to highlight the impact of domestic abuse
  • Identify when stalking prevention orders and non-molestation orders are required

Outcomes 

  • Reduced risk for victims
  • Reduced incidents perpetrated by repeat offenders
  • Reduced incidents of domestic abuse
  • Increased resilience in survivors and potential victims
  • Earliest intervention and support for children and young people who have been impacted by domestic abuse
  • Earlier self referral to support agencies
  • Reduced number of repeat perpetrators
  • Better awareness and resilience amongst young people and more engagement from schools with partnership activity around domestic abuse
  • Better awareness of impact and earlier self referral
  • Reduced risk from stalking and molestation