Chris Evans MP has expressed concern about the impact of spending cuts on police forces’ ability to respond to reports of domestic violence.
Mr Evans speaking during the 16 days of Activism against Gender Based Violence Campaign said, ‘Cases of Domestic violence are often complex and therefore take longer to investigate. I am extremely worried that cuts to police forces will impact the police’s ability to resolve cases of domestic violence’.
Domestic violence, while often not spoken about, is a huge problem in the UK. An estimated 4.3 million women in England and Wales aged 16-59 have experienced domestic abuse since the age of 16 according to ONS, 2018.
If domestic violence is not dealt with in a timely manner the results can be a matter of life and death. According to the ONS on average two women are killed by their partner or ex-partner every week in England and Wales.
The Public Accounts Committee, of which Mr Evans is a member, recently found that cuts to police budgets by the UK Government meant there are nearly one-fifth fewer officers and staff than in 2011.
Mr Evans said he was concerned that ‘These cuts to police numbers mean that officers have less time to spend investigating cases of domestic abuse.
I am concerned that domestic violence cases will begin to slip through the cracks due to the cuts and that this will have dire impacts on the victims.’
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