I hope you enjoyed the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations last week.
There has been a lot to celebrate recently, but as England's first European championship match kicks off tonight there will be nothing to cheer about for some victims of domestic violence.
During England matches the incidents of domestic abuse rise and so in this bulletin we address the crucial issue of violence against women and girls which continues to blight the lives of individuals, families and society; and which requires the input and co-operation of partners from across the public sector including councils, police, health and the voluntary sector. My colleague Cllr Ann Lucas who is the LGA's champion for domestic violence issues introduces this important briefing below.
There will be more opportunity to hear from some of these partners at the LGA annual conference in Birmingham later this month. We also have a number of dedicated sessions for prospective police and crime commissioners (PCCs) on 28 June 2012 which includes a question and answer session with Nick Herbert, Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice.
View the PCC sessions at LGA Annual Conference
We sill have a number of complimentary places left for prospective PCCs, so if you would like to take advantage of your place please email us as soon as possible on email@example.com.
Councillor Mehboob Khan
Chairman, LGA Safer and Stronger Communities Board
The primary statutory aim of the youth justice system is to prevent youth offending and re-offending. The police play a key role in delivering this aim, not only through investigating crimes and arresting suspects, but through their important partnership role in the delivery of Youth Offending Teams. This briefing explores the youth justice landscape and the intrinsic role that the police have in the youth justice system.
Read our briefing on youth justice
Re-offending is a problem which can only be tackled by developing and maintaining partnerships across multiple agencies. Catherine Hennessy, Director of Development and Partnerships at Revolving Doors Agency sets out the part she thinks PCCs can play to reduce crime and rehabilitate offenders.
Cllr Ann Lucas, member of the LGA Safer Communities Board and champion for domestic violence issues, introduces this week's need-to-know briefing:
"Crimes of violence against women and girls, including domestic violence, significantly affect individual lives and communities and the costs to individuals, families and society are extensive. I look forward to working with police and crime commissioners when they are elected on this important issue; the part you will play is essential in preventing domestic violence. In the meantime I highly commend the attached briefing put together by the LGA's community safety team as essential reading in the lead up to the elections."
Read our briefing on violence against women and girls
In this bulletin we take a closer look at the South West region. This briefing features data presented using our online intelligent data tool, LG Inform, which can tailor information at a regional, police force or local authority level.
Read our South West regional profile
31 July 2012