Steps to stop abuse
Deaths stir police to target domestic violence
TWO murders of women in Hillingdon, who had violent partners, has prompted a ‘dynamic operation’ to detect those involved in domestic abuse crimes.
The Community Safety Unit (CSU), which consists of 28 detectives based at Uxbridge police station, oversees all domestic abuse crimes.
Allegations of domestic abuse, that result in physical injury, average at more than two each day.
Detective Inspector Stephen O’Connor, CSU lead, said: “Domestic abuse is a subject matter which we place as a top priority.
“The chances are, if you are a domestic abuse offender in Hillingdon, you are more likely to be arrested, charged and placed before the courts than anywhere else in London.
“Our approach and tactics are ever evolving, however our outcome is set in stone – protecting vulnerable victims, particularly those who may have experienced a history.
“By taking a real partnership approach to tackling domestic abuse, we and the London Borough of Hillingdon share crucial information which is key in identifying potential victims and ensure that they receive the best support to encourage a positive open conversation – this ultimately helps to protect them.”
This year two men were
us brought to justice for murdering their expartners in separate incidents in Hillingdon.
Gibson Mazikana, 41, received a 27-year sentence for murdering 42-year-old Emily Munemo in Uxbridge in January and Billy White, 22, pleaded guilty to murdering his ex-partner Lucy Ayris in Hayes in March. He now awaits sentencing.
Following the deaths of the two Hillingdon women, police conducted detailed reviews into each case to identify learning opportunities.
Enhanced training packages were delivered to frontline officers who deal with domestic abuse matters, to ensure best practice is consistently applied from the onset of any investigation.
DI O’Connor added: “Every 999 call we receive with a domestic abuse flag is treated with the utmost seriousness.
“Enhanced training allows front line officers to understand and work with the complexities this subject can bring.
“The introduction of Body Worn Video (BWV) which is still being piloted on the borough, is proving to be an effective evidence gathering tool. We are now seeing a number of cases which are being presented before the courts where the presentation of BWV has led to early guilty pleas.”
On November 17 officers conducted a number of enquiries at addresses where domestic abuse offenders are known to visit, resulting in the arrest of three men.
n CAMPAIGN: Police hand out advice on seeking help in domestic abuse situations
n VICTIM: Emily Munemo, 42