Bedfordshire Police reports that a 20 year old man from Luton who inflicted a campaign of fear and violence on his girlfriend has been jailed for 23 months.
The Luton man was sentenced at Luton Crown Court on Thursday 27th October after pleading guilty to a string of offences.
The defendant attended Luton Police Station in August to hand himself in for a vicious and aggressive assault on his girlfriend. He admitted his abusive behaviour, stating that she didn’t deserve to be the victim of his actions. A sustained campaign of violent abuse was revealed and he was arrested and charged for assault, threats to kill, possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and possession of a class A drug.
The judge handed the defendant consecutive sentences for the charges which resulted in him being sentenced to a jail term of a total of 23 months.
Beds Police have a dedicated unit responsible for investigating domestic abuse and serious sexual offences. PC Sally Chambers from the specialist Emerald Unit said: “The custodial sentence reflects the serious nature of these offences and that domestic abuse will not be tolerated. We work closely with partners to offer support, advice and guidance to victims of abuse and encourage people to speak out. If you are suffering from any form of domestic abuse or are worried about a friend or relative, please contact us on 101.”
The new Victim Support DA Triage Service was launched in May 2016 and aims to help reduce risk and harm to victims of domestic abuse in Luton by providing clear pathways to the wide range of local support services available to individuals and families affected. Victim Support already runs similar services elsewhere in the country with common aims:
To help prevent escalation and repeat of domestic abuse incidents.
To increase awareness and utilisation of local services.
To help increase successful outcomes for victims and their children.
To increase confidence in reporting to the Police and other agencies.
The service will accept referrals for any client over the age of 16, regardless of gender or background and will provide support whether or not the incidents have been reported to the Police. They will carry out a needs assessment with clients to identify individual requirements for support or assistance with issues arising from domestic abuse and then make referrals direct to local sources of support or advice.They will also provide general safety planning and signposting information and provide follow-up calls at agreed intervals to review client needs and check engagement.
The team works closely with the Luton IDVA service and Beds Police.
To find out more about the service or how to refer click here
Secure referrals to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you a parent, a teacher, a Support Worker or friend of a teenager looking for inspiration or insight?
Below are some links to resources and info that you might find useful:
'Come and find me' by Megan Cannon - an inspiring and eye-opening poem about a 15 year old girl dealing with very real, affecting but very 'every day' issues. Link to video at Youth Work Summit 14
Disrespect Nobody is the new Home Office campaign aimed at increasing awareness of relationship abuse and the help available for young people and their families or teachers etc. The site includes real stories from those effected by some of the issues.
The Home office published their new Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) Strategy last week. This latest document launched on 8 March 2016 provides an overview of the range of actions the government will be taking towards its strategy of ending violence against women and girls between 2016 and 2020.
In the news this week are the stories of two male victims of domestic abuse:
David Edwards, 51, died of a stab wound to the heart in the summer of 2015. The trial of his wife Sharon Edwards, 42, continues this week at Manchester Crown Court.
Damon Searson, 24, died after having received a single stab wound to the chest in August 2015. Terri-Marie Palmer, 23, his girlfriend, a hairdresser from Heysham in Lancashire, was this week found guilty of his murder and given a life sentence at Preston Crown Court.