West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has launched a Domestic And Sexual Abuse Strategy which is says “provides the framework of priorities for delivery and commissioning to tackle domestic abuse and sexual violence and to support victims and survivors of these crimes across West Yorkshire from 2016-2020.
The bare statistics speak for themselves:
West Yorkshire Police deal with six incidents of domestic abuse every hour. Recorded domestic
incidents were higher for the year to September 2016 in West Yorkshire compared to the same
period the previous year (+13.9%, from 22,934 to 26,115).
Recorded Serious Sexual Assaults increased by 4.2% in September 2016 (2,239) compared to the previous year to date (2,148) for the same time period last year. There were 965 recorded Rapes this year to date, compared with 976 last year (-1.1%).
A quarter of respondents to West Yorkshire PCCs “Your Priorities, Your plan” survey said that domestic abuse was a priority for them.
The strategy is a weighty document, befitting a weighty subject – read the full strategy document (pdf file)