McBurney, Team Manager Domestic and Sexual Violence, Leicester City
Council and DCI Lucy Batchelor submitted
a report and gave a presentation on Domestic and Sexual Violence
and Abuse in Leicester, setting out the current situation, the
challenges and what could be done to improve pathways and provide
support to those affected.
and Sexual Violence and Abuse affected large numbers of adults and
children in Leicester and could have a significant impact on the
health and wellbeing of those individuals directly involved and the
communities around them.
violence and abuse included forced marriage, female genital
mutilation and so called ‘honour based’
violence. It could take place between
those aged 16 years and over and be within an intimate partner
(current or past) or familial relationship.
- A 2019 Home
Office report estimated the unit cost of domestic abuse to be
£34,015. Each domestic homicide
is estimated to cost £2.2 million, arising from the cost of
harms, health services and lost output.
In Leicester there had been 7 domestic homicides since domestic
homicide reviews were made a statutory requirement.
abuse could take place inside or outside of a domestic violence
situation. Roughly a third of all
sexual offences took place within a setting that would meet the
definition of domestic violence and abuse.
there was a growing volume in the number of increased cases,
reflecting a national trend, although the rate in Leicester was
lower than the national increase. The
reason for this was not fully understood. All public sector services had a role to play in
tackling the issue, supporting victims, responding to service
demand and meeting the needs of victims.
- It was
estimated that currently services were dealing with between a fifth
to a third of incidents what was realistically known to exist.
of the Board commented that:-
work with childrens’ safeguarding had shown the positive
benefits of engagement of partners in providing a cross-over of
understanding of the issues amongst partners which had helped with
the early identification and links into support.
such as GPs being given a mouse mat with relevant telephone numbers
on it 5 years ago, had produced a spike in the incidence of
reporting issues of concerns.
- 80% of
children in care experienced domestic violence and this impacted
significantly on their ability to form stable
relationships. The way in which schools
treated cases of abuse and made school a safe environment for those
vulnerable to abuse had a significant impact also.
- Supt O
Neill commented that domestic violence arose over number of issues
such as drugs and drink etc, and part of the issue was the
challenge and ability of services such as the Police to allow space
to step back from simply being reactionary to dealing operationally
with incidents and to understand the more holistic issues, possible
early interventions and responses to incidents.
- The new
compulsory sex and relationship education programme in schools
would hopefully create a more positive environment which would
equip young people to have the relationship skills and
understanding what constitutes an appropriate relationship and not
to accept or remain in an abusive relationship. Many young people
in abusive relationship had a tendency to stay in them following
experiences of successive abusive partners.
Chair thanked for Stephanie McBurney and DCI Lucy Batchelor for
their informative and interesting presentation and felt it was
important to reassure people to know there was somewhere to go if
they were being subjected ot abuse.
That the Board:-
Notes the risks to the health and
well-being of people of Leicester that domestic and sexual violence
and abuse present and the value of having effective provision.
awareness raising, identification, better data and more efficient
pathways for those affected by sexual and domestic violence and
3) Establishes clear links and
accountability with and to the Vulnerabilities Executive in
relation to the Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse