Lincolnshire has been highlighted as the “leading edge” in a National Domestic Abuse in Rural Areas report.
THE support offered to domestic abuse victims in Lincolnshire has been highlighted as the “leading edge” in a national report released today (Wed 17 July).
The report on domestic abuse in rural areas was unveiled today in London by the National Rural Crime Network after an 18-month research project.
The national picture revealed in the report exposed a shocking picture of domestic abuse in rural Britain with hidden victims who are isolated, unsupported and unprotected with victims receiving less support than those in urban areas.
But the services in Lincolnshire, which was included in the research, were praised as being at the “leading edge of innovative and evidence led commissioning”.
The report praised the county for its partnership approach – with Lincolnshire County Council, the Police and Crime Commissioner, Lincolnshire Police and other partners working together to address the issue and providing joined up services.
It also commended the county’s approach to evidence and data led commissioning - used to ensure the right services are delivered in the right places – and described Lincolnshire as a “leader in this way of thinking”.
The paper, called Captive & Controlled: Domestic Abuse in Rural Areas, concluded: “We believe that Lincolnshire represents current leadership thinking in its approach and while early in its transition to a new way of commissioning could provide important lessons on best practice.
“Lincolnshire in its approach to the use of data analysts in setting a foundation for commissioning strategy which is to be commended for being the participating area which shows innovative and forensic thinking being acted upon.
“No other commissioner in this sample has used data as a starting point. At the time of interview, the data analysis and its planned use with service providers was in its relative infancy, but the level of innovation was in stark contrast to the minimal use of such data resource by other participating areas in this project.
“Evidence led commissioning is the way to avoid the built-in bias highlighted by this project and Lincolnshire appear to be a leader in this way of thinking. We urge the team involved to champion and share their approach.”
“Lincolnshire appears to be at the leading edge of innovative and evidence led commissioning.”
The report did set out areas for development, suggesting more needs to be done to improve the positive impact of services to victims and the consistency of police response, but accepted the survey was conducted shortly after services were restructured and the results were “reflective of the previous support arrangements”.
“The support we offer to all victims of crime is an absolute priority for me and I have spent a great deal of time and energy focused on improving them,” said PCC Marc Jones.
“Working together with partners, using evidence to focus our efforts and effective and efficient commissioning of services have all been crucial in the changes made since I took office.
“I am delighted that those efforts and those of our partners have been recognised as leading the way across the UK and this will only drive us forward in continuing our work to ensure those people trapped in the nightmare cycle of abuse can be helped and supported to escape and heal.”
Jade Sullivan, Domestic Abuse Lead for the Safer Lincolnshire Partnership: “We are heartened that the report has recognised the innovative work we have done in Lincolnshire to help the victims of domestic abuse.
“We also welcome the help the report offers in terms of improving those services further. We are determined to build upon the work we have done so far and provide the best possible support for those people in Lincolnshire who desperately need our help.”
Assistant Chief Constable Kerrin Wilson, Lincolnshire Police, said: “Domestic abuse is everybody’s business. What this report shows is not only the devastating impact on victims and families, but also what we can do to better help those enduring this horrendous crime but those who are looking for avenues by which they can access help. The learning the survey has given us is invaluable.
“I’m glad that we are ahead of other areas but we are never complacent, we will take on board the two recommendations that the report has identified and make sure we act on them. We still have so much to do to educate people and prevent abusers from continuing to commit this awful crime.”
If you are struggling and want to access support or simply seek advice, please contact EDAN Lincs, the county’s Domestic Abuse Specialist Service. Call 01522 510041 or visit their website for more information www.edanlincs.org.uk/
NOTE TO EDITORS
The National Rural Crime Network is working to see greater recognition and understanding of the problems and impact of crime in rural areas so more can be done to keep people safe and make them feel safe too.
Established in July 2014, the Network is supported by 30 Police and Crime Commissioners and police forces across England and Wales – with Lincolnshire among its members.