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Victims Commissioner visits South Wales

Last Updated: 19/09/2019

On Thursday 12th September 2019, South Wales Police & Crime Commissioner Alun Michael welcomed the new Victims Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird to South Wales to look at work being undertaken with partners to protect and support victims and survivors of violence across our communities.

As part of her visit, the Victims Commissioner was taken to Safer Wales to find out about the Women’s Pathfinder project before travelling to Safer Merthyr Tydfil to learn about local work to tackle domestic abuse through the DRIVE perpetrator project and the IRIS programme to increase the identification of abuse and promote support and referrals through GP surgeries.

In advance of the visit, South Wales Police & Crime Commissioner Alun Michael said:

“I’m delighted to be welcoming Vera Baird to South Wales to look at the work that I’ve been doing with my team to protect and support victims and survivors of violence in our area.

“We’re doing everything we can to combat threats like knife crime and county lines gangs but violence against women and girls is our biggest ongoing challenge.  I’ve kept my promise to make this our number one priority, working with the Chief Constable and our partners - safeguarding over 1,000 women through our IRIS programme and challenging perpetrators through the DRIVE programme in South Wales which is attracting national interest.

“Shortly we’ll be launching a new four-year strategy to do even more to tackle this scourge of our communities but in the meantime we’ll benefit from Vera’s visit.  She’s the ideal person in her new role as Victims Commissioner for England and Wales having been a champion of victims in her past career – when she was a QC, then an MP, Solicitor General and for the last six years a great ally as the leading Police Commissioner on the subject.

“And we’ll both be listening to the views of survivors at a great event organised by Rachel Williams in Newport (Stand Up to Domestic Abuse conference).  Learning from the past to create a better future.”


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