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New VAWG performance framework published

The NPCC and College of Policing have released details on how they will measure forces’ impact with the VAWG strategy.

Following the release of the VAWG strategy last December, the NPCC and CoP have now revealed how they will assess its impact. 

An initial performance report will be published this November, and subsequent reports will be published every six months. The reports will provide both a national overview as well as data for individual forces. 

It will mark the first time that VAWG policing data will have been collected nationally. 

The performance framework has set out three principles; that data in relation to women and girls should be visible, data in relation to black and minoritised women and girls should be visible and that data in relation to women and girls should be used. 

Desired outcomes have not been established because a benchmark is yet to be set, but the plan is that they will be included within performance reporting from May 2023, once initial data has established a baseline. 

Several datasets will be consulted in order to assess performance and will come under three pillars; building trust and confidence, relentless perpetrator pursuit and safer spaces.  

With regards to building trust and performance, the framework will look at complaints and misconduct allegations relating to police-perpetrated violence and abuse along with outcomes, and average days from complaint to the outcome. 

Also under the building trust ‘pillar’ the framework will look into workforce behaviours and attitudes as well as analysing crime surveys and force action plans. 

For the second pillar of pursuing perpetrators, VAWG crime data and VAWG-related orders will be looked at as well as applications and disclosures made under the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS). Data on cases that have been closed will also be publicly available, whether due to lack of victim support or evidential difficulties. 

For the final ‘Safer Spaces’ pillar, the framework will assess how effectively forces are identifying the “riskiest spaces” as well as any preventative problem-solving responses that are put in place. 

The first national strategic threat and risk assessment for VAWG will be published by March 2023. 

NPCC lead for VAWG, Maggie Blyth, said: “I am absolutely committed to reporting on performance openly and publicly, enabling scrutiny of our progress. This includes making our threat and risk assessments publicly available. I am also committed to a collaborative approach to draw insight from performance data, which will help tell us what is – and isn’t – working, so that we can refine our approach accordingly.” 

You can read the framework here. 


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