July 2019 – Report Launch
Are PCC’s working for women and girls? EVAW surveyed the 42 Police and Crime Commissioners’ response to domestic violence, sexual violence and other forms of violence against women and girls and found it is “haphazard” and unreliable, combined with worrying denial about the fact that these crimes are widespread and very disproportionately affect women and girls.
We are concerned that PCCs’ failure to recognise the scale and then prioritise action on violence against women and girls is likely to be seriously impacting on both the setting of policing priorities and the commissioning of services to support victims.
Recommendations in the report include:
- Secretaries of State to instruct PCCs to recognise the seriousness and connectedness of crimes of violence against women and girls, and to rewrite their Plans and policing and victims strategies accordingly.
- PCCs to make an assessment of the scale and nature of all forms of violence against women and girls in their area, and review their policing priorities and spending plans accordingly. They should involve local communities and especially local women’s organisations while doing this.
- Chief constables, other police leaders, and CPS leaders, to make representations to their PCC about their operational reality of responding to these crimes, and support the development of a more joined up and strategic local approach.
- MPs to make representations to and meet with their PCCs and enquire directly about their specific aims on ending violence against women and girls, and their commitments to sustainable support services for survivors of abuse.
- Local media organisations to commission investigations into the prevalence and impact of violence against women and girls locally, and encourage local debate on how it needs to be tackled; the invisibility of much of this abuse compared to other crime types arguably reduces the pressure on PCCs, police and courts to make it a priority.
Police & Crime Commissioners 2016
We wrote to all Police and Crime Commissioner candidates individually during their elections in May 2016. These are the replies we received concerning commitments to tackling abuse of women and girls:
Avon and Somerset
Sue Mountstevens (Independent) – RE-ELECTED
Kathryn Holloway (Conservative) – ELECTED
Jason Ablewhite (Conservative) – ELECTED
Barry Coppinger (Labour) – RE-ELECTED
Hardyal Dhindsa (Labour) – ELECTED
Devon and Cornwall
Alison Hernandez (Conservative) – ELECTED
Martyn Underhill (Independent) – RE-ELECTED
Ron Hogg (Labour) – RE-ELECTED
Michael Lane (Conservative) – ELECTED
David Lloyd (Conservative) – RE-ELECTED
Lorne Green (Conservative) – ELECTED
Alan Billings (Labour) – RE-ELECTED
Matthew Ellis (Conservative) – RE-ELECTED
David Munro (Conservative) – ELECTED
Anthony Stansfeld (Conservative) – RE-ELECTED
Philip Seccombe (Conservative) – ELECTED
We asked Police and Crime Commissioner candidates to pledge to the following if elected:
- Will you prioritise violence against women and girls with an action plan?
- Will you improve your police force’s performance and accountability of crimes of abuse of women and girls?
- Will you ensure women’s support services are sustainable?
- Will you be cautious in any look at ‘restorative justice’ in relation to crimes of abuse of women and girls?
- Will you review and change the police response to prostitution so that women ‘selling sex’ are not targeted and ensure there are ‘exiting’ support services?
You can find a longer version of the questions here.