Steps to stop abuse

Deaths stir po­lice to tar­get do­mes­tic violence

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Clemen­tine kather­ine.clemen­tine@trin­i­tymir­

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

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