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Domestic and Sexual Violence Board

The MPA Domestic and Sexual Violence Board was set up to monitor, scrutinise and support the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in its performance and response to domestic and sexual violence. The board aims to secure continuous improvement in the MPS’ response and disseminate best practice and innovation across the 32 Borough Operational Command Units (BOCUs).

On 25 November 2008 the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, announced the development of a London Violence Against Women Strategy. The strategy is designed to prevent and reduce violence against women in the capital and have a positive impact on service provision. In order to appropriately ensure that the MPA is supporting the implementation of the strategy and to oversee the MPS response not only to domestic abuse but sexual violence, it follows that the DVB expand its remit to include sexual violence. The Domestic Violence Board has become the Domestic and Sexual Violence Board (DVSB), focusing on domestic and sexual violence as the two main areas of interest, with particular issues such as forced marriage or the use of sexual violence within gangs to fall under these two headings.

“The MPA Domestic and Sexual Violence Board will add value to the police response by forging closer working relationships between agencies and ensuring that the Met’s 32 individual borough operational command units across the capital learn from successful projects and develop their services. Like so many areas of criminal activity, it is only by working in partnership and learning from each other’s experiences of what actually works on the ground can we really tackle this brutal crime and make a real and lasting difference for victims.” – Cindy Butts, chair of the MPA Domestic and Sexual Violence Board.

Briefing papers

  • 36/10 (15 Oct 10) Violence against women

National Domestic Violence Helpline

National Domestic Violence Helpline number: 0808 2000 247

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