Wigan tops list of domestic violence arrests

Crime story
Crime story

SHOCKING new figures show that Wigan has the region’s highest number of arrests for domestic violence attacks.

Statistics reveal that over the last 12 months, Wigan police had the highest rate within Greater Manchester Police of suspects being arrested or detained at 11.8 per cent of complaints made.

Latest figures show that the number of domestic abuse reports went up from 1,978 between March 1 and June 15 2013 to 2,186 the same period this year.

But Wigan Council insist that its domestic abuse partnership, known as Integrated Safeguarding and Public Protection (ISAPP), is helping to stamp out the crime once and for all, with early indications showing a reduction of around 835 repeat victims over the last year.

As a result, it has increased funding from £75,000 to £125,000 for community-based services to be part of the new approach.

The partnership, which was launched in April 2013, brings organisations including the council, Wigan and Leigh Housing, Greater Manchester Police, the Probation trust, Drug and Alcohol services and Independent Domestic Violence Advocate workers together under one roof.

The new approach is said to be having a positive impact in the borough, saving partner agencies approximately £2m.

Working together, the adoption of the Co-ordinated Community Response Model has allowed partners to share information, jointly risk-assess, plan and manage domestic abuse cases to prevent abuse from escalating and causing serious harm to victims and their children.

They also work with offenders of domestic abuse, signposting them into treatment or care pathways to prevent them from re-offending.

Using the information gathered, front line officers respond to the issues highlighted on a daily basis through home visits to help victims and sign post them to the appropriate agency for help and support. Coun Kevin Anderson, member of the Building Stronger Communities Partnership board at Wigan Council, said: “With an array of organisations working side by side, this partnership is enabling greater efficiency in responding to those identified as at risk and reducing the rate of reoffending – as proved by these statistics.

“Tackling domestic abuse is one of our key priorities which is why we’ve increased the funding.

“This extra funding will help improve the support available for both victims of domestic abuse and children living in domestic abuse households. I’d like to thank all the staff involved for their hard work and for making such a difference.”