Brent sees reduction in domestic violence

Domestic violence down in Brent

Domestic violence down in Brent - Credit: Archant

Brent ranks among the top five Boroughs that have seen the greatest reduction in domestic violence according to latest figures. Elsewhere, a staggering 25 of 32 London Boroughs have seen an increase in violent offences compared to 2011-2012 figures.

The number of domestic abuse cases reported in Brent fell by nearly four per cent from to around 2030 to 1950, according to the London Probation Trust.

Mohammed Butt, Head of Brent Council said: “It is encouraging that we are going in the right direction. However, there is still a lot of work to be done to educate people of the dangers of domestic violence.

“We need to make sure that every single resident is safe in their own home and feel comfortable.

“We need to continue to work together to tackle this problem,” he adds.

Sutton recorded the biggest drop with almost 100 fewer abuse reports, closely followed by Westminster’s eight per cent reduction.

Hounslow and Camden rank ahead of Brent -recording a six and four per cent drop respectively.

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There was an alarming rise of almost 20 per cent in the number of domestic violence cases reported in Barnet, Enfield, Redbridge and Tower Hamlets.

In a bid to tackle the problem, Brent police has deployed officers with small head cameras to attend calls from victims of domestic abuse.

“This enables us to accurately record what has taken place at the scene through the emotion in the voice and the appearance of the victim, or through disturbed or broken items of property to provide evidence at the scene,” Chief Superintendent Matt Gardner , Brent Borough Commander said.

The new figures are part of London Probation Trust’s efforts to promote White Ribbon Day (25 November), marking the UN International Day for curbing violence against women.

Kuljit Sandhu, Head of Rehabilitation Services at London Probation Trust said: “On the one hand it can be encouraging to see domestic violence continuing to come out of the shadows as victims find the courage to report it to Police, but these statistics also show how far crime agencies have to go to, and the need for us all to work together to make victims safer.”