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Deputy Mayor Bev Hughes responds to national super-complaint on stalking

Deputy Mayor for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire in Greater Manchester, Bev Hughes, responds to national super-complaint on stalking

 Bev Hughes, Deputy Mayor for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire said:

“I welcome today’s super-complaint submitted on behalf of the National Stalking Consortium. It is important that these serious issues are raised and investigated by the relevant bodies. The recommendations made when other recent super-complaints have been investigated are driving improved practice and improved outcomes for victims. However, there is still much work to be done to make further improvements.

“In September 2021, we published our Gender-Based Violence Strategy, which details how we will deliver a whole-systems approach to tackle gender-based violence. The Strategy recognises the dangers and pervasiveness of stalking, both online and offline, and sets out some of the ways that we will strengthen our response, as well as seeking to innovate and invest more resources where possible. The Strategy also includes the commitment to establish a multiagency stalking intervention partnership to develop a joined-up local justice system.

“Greater Manchester Police’s (GMP) VAWG work includes a specific focus on stalking and harassment, with a clear action plan to improve our identification and response to it. Earlier this week, I attended a GMP performance meeting led by the Deputy Chief Constable and other chief officers from across GMP and it is clear to see the efforts that are being made to drive. improvements. Tackling stalking and harassment and supporting victims better is a key priority. 

“Within Greater Manchester Combined Authority and with our partners across the city-region, we are making progress that we hope will bring about real change for victims."


Article Published: 25/11/2022 10:40 AM