CJI News

This week Inspectors commence stakeholder fieldwork for two public protection inspections in the areas of domestic violence and abuse and sexual violence and abuse.  Inspectors will meet with a range of stakeholder organisations who work in the areas of victim support and advocacy and/or are represented on the DOJ/DOH Stopping domestic and sexual violence and abuse strategy Stakeholder Assurance Group.  Through this work Inspectors intend to seek to engage with victims of these type of offences to hear, first hand, their experience of the criminal justice system.  Any organisations or individuals who are interested in contributing to this important work should contact the inspection team via CJI's Information Manager using our [email protected] email address.
Today CJI Inspectors are undertaking a visit to the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit in Glasgow.  Part of Police Scotland, the unit is a national centre of expertise on violence and targets violence wherever it occurs.  Supported by the Scottish Government the unit has adopted a public health approach, treating violence as an infection which can be cured.
CJI Inspectors are undertaking a study visit today to Leeds to find out about the approach to addressing domestic violence and abuse in the area.  Inspectors will visit HALT, a charity who work with high risk victims of domestic abuse to reduce their risk of further harm and increase their safety and run the Leeds IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advocate) service.  Inspectors will also meet with representatives of Yorkshire and Humberside Crown Prosecution Service and West Yorkshire Police to find out about work they have been undertaking to undertake the conviction rates for domestic abuse offences.