Abstract

This report brings together examples of promising practice to show how Police and Crime Commissioners in England are tackling violence against women and girls, through strengthening service provision and using their commissioning powers. The examples include The Drive Project, which aims to reduce the number of child and adult victims by deterring perpetrator behaviour; and the Northumbria Building Capability Project which supports victims of domestic violence who are at risk of entering the criminal justice system. The case studies identify the following key themes as essential for good practice: prevention and early identification to provide targeted support for individuals who do not meet high risk thresholds; early intervention and diversion, to reduce the risk of people being caught in the revolving door of crime and crisis; building community capacity, helping communities to identify violence against women and girls as a important issue and tackle it in their communities; deterrence to address repeat victimisation; and provision of intensive specialist support for victims of crime.