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Anderson welcomes domestic violence report

23 March, 2009 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Policing Board member Martina Anderson MLA has welcomed the publication of the Board’s inquiry into how the PSNI tackle the issue of domestic violence here.   “The Human Rights and Professional Standards Committee of the Policing Board has now completed it’s inquiry into domestic violence and the recommendations are published today,” the Foyle MLA said.   “This has been an extremely in-depth inquiry examining all aspects of domestic violence and how it is treated by the PSNI.   “I think we have to acknowledge there have been huge strides made by the PSNI in tackling this issue over recent years but it is clear that much work still needs to be done.   “The simple fact is that there are 46 domestic violence incidents across the North every day with many more going unreported and that is precisely why this needs to be treated as a priority.   “We have identified a number of gaps around training and resources for instance but I am confident that the 14 recommendations emerging from this inquiry will go a long way to closing those gaps and improving, still further, PSNI responses to domestic violence.   “As a Board, it will now be our responsibility to monitor the implementation and effectiveness of those recommendations on an ongoing basis to ensure that the PSNI adopts the very best standard of best practice in relation to domestic violence.”

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