In memory of Estyna Blunnie: MP Halfon calls for more training

News / Mon 7th Jul 2014 at 08:43am

HARLOW MP, Robert Halfon rose on the floor of the House of Commons to call for more training in the realm of domestic violence for Crown Prosecution Service staff.

Mr Halfon said:

Robert Halfon (Harlow, Conservative)

Essex has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the country. My right hon. Friend will be aware of two tragic murders that occurred in Harlow. On speaking to the parents of one of the victims, I was told that they felt that the support they were given after their daughter’s horrific death was inadequate, with the Crown Prosecution Service and others appearing to be poorly trained, and with inconsistent service from Victim Support. What assurances can my right hon. Friend give those parents that families will, in future, receive proper support when they have been victims of crime?

Damian Green (The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice; Ashford, Conservative)

I am, of course, aware of the tragic case to which my hon. Friend refers. He will know that the Home Secretary commissioned Her Majesty’s inspectorate of constabulary to look at how the police respond to domestic violence, and action will be taken on that. He is right that other parts of the criminal justice system, including the CPS and the courts, need to take great care in how they treat victims and bereaved families. I know he has been in correspondence with the Minister with responsibility for crime reduction at the Home Office, and he is taking a close personal interest in how to progress.blunnie

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