More than 60 officers in dedicated Herts police team to tackle domestic violence

PUBLISHED: 12:22 23 January 2016

Working to end domestic violence

Working to end domestic violence

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Police in Hertfordshire have launched a new unit to deal with crimes involving domestic abuse.

The Domestic Abuse Investigation and Safeguarding Unit (DAISU) has now been up and running for nearly two weeks, with a team of more than 60 specialist officers and staff, is based at Hatfield police station and will deal with domestic abuse cases from across the county.

It will operate from 7am until 11pm seven days a week and will deal with cases of intimate relationship domestic abuse, so-called honour-based abuse and forced marriage.

The county has seen a 46 per cent increase in the reporting of domestic abuse cases within the last 12 months – an increase which has been welcomed as the force it believes people are now more prepared to come forward and ask for help.

Det Chief Insp Ruth Dodsworth from the force’s safeguarding command said: “Domestic abuse is an appalling crime which shatters lives.

“Having a dedicated unit, like the DAISU with specialist officers and staff will ensure that we can deliver the best possible outcomes not only for the victims, but for their families and the investigation.

“Raising awareness of domestic abuse and the many forms it takes, including physical, mental, emotional and financial abuse has always, and will continue to be a priority for Hertfordshire Constabulary.

“We welcome the increase in reporting as it indicates that people feel they can come forward and report this abuse.

“The new unit will build on the work already done, and will ensure that victims and their families have access to the best possible service and support.”

County police and crime commissioner David Lloyd said: “I have made tackling domestic abuse a high priority since I took office the commissioner and the investment in this unit demonstrates my determination to provide the best service possible to victims of this appalling crime.

“I am pleased that so many more people now feel able to come forward to report domestic abuse and DAISU will have a big part to play in ensuring they get the response they deserve.”

Are you, or is anyone you know, suffering from domestic abuse? If so, Herts Sunflower can help. Call free on 08 088 088 088 (10am to 10pm Monday to Friday) visit: www.hertssunflower.org or call police on 101. Call 999 if there is a crime in progress or life is in danger.

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