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Protecting Vulnerable People From Harm

Why this is a priority objective

Vulnerability has been identified as a priority as it covers a range of important issues in relation to protecting vulnerable people from harm, including domestic abuse, sexual violence and hate crime. Other cross-cutting issues such as suicide prevention and hoarding and the risk of accidental dwelling fires are covered by this priority objective.

'Violence against Women and Girls' is a key national priority. The Government has highlighted that it is determined to support victims to report crimes of this type and bring perpetrators to justice. The Government has also identified the need to do more to prevent violence against women and girls.

The Government has set a clear strategic direction for hate crime. Victims of hate crime must be encouraged to report hate crime so that we can target our work more effectively and provide protection and support. The national Hate Crime Action Plan identifies under-reporting by Gypsy, Roma Traveller communities and the Safe Durham Partnership will support the Gypsy, Roma Traveller Action Plan in tackling this issue.

Our outcomes are to:

  • Prevent domestic abuse and sexual violence and to reduce the associated harm
  • Ensure all victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence have access to the right help and support and that services are available to address their needs
  • Improve the criminal justice response to tackling domestic abuse, sexual violence and sexual exploitation
  • Pursue perpetrators of domestic abuse through the criminal justice system and ensure they face up to the implications of their actions
  • Reduce the impact of hate crime