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First Light response to police inspectorate report

His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services has today (Thursday 2 February) published the findings of their inspection of Devon and Cornwall Police. Some of the areas where improvements were identified as being required relate to domestic abuse and sexual violence crimes.

In response to the report, a spokesperson for First Light said:

“It is clear from the findings of today’s report that the police response to some victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence is insufficient. This is concerning as it affects many of the people we support.

First Light welcomes the recommendations in the report and hopes that the findings of this inspection will contribute towards the improvement in how the police respond to these types of crime. As an independent organisation, part of our role is to hold the police force accountable for this, which we will continue to do.

As a provider of specialist domestic abuse and sexual violence services, First Light had already recognised the need for an improved police response to victims and as a result are working with the force to help them achieve this.

First Light provides support to adults and children to lead safer lives free from violence and abuse. We will continue to advocate for an improved response to victims and work collaboratively towards a place where we live in safety, free from domestic abuse and sexual violence.”