Domestic Abuse (DA) is a key priority across all three boroughs, and one of the London Mayor’s five priorities in his Police and Crime Plan.
Locally, it’s estimated that 1 in 20 people are affected by DA, either directly or indirectly. It is a key priority for the Safer Merton, Safer Sutton and Safer Kingston Partnerships.
Over £1.3m is spent on DA services each year across the three boroughs. A 2008/09 report used by the DCLG presents the cost to services as £2,470 per DA case.
In Sutton, DA accounts for 35% of all recorded violent crime – higher than the London average (31%).
The Safer Merton Partnership estimates the cost of DA in the borough as £13.2m; DA offences make up 10% of all recorded crime in the borough.
In Kingston, there were 2,028 DA recorded crimes in the calendar year 2017.
Domestic Abuse takes many forms, and impacts many people. It’s a challenge across the country, and touches many public sector organisations. We want to better understand the problem, making better use of data and user research, to understand where to focus our efforts on a digital opportunity to help improve lives.
- Digital and agile awareness
- Introduction to user research
- Introduction to service design