The London Borough of Enfield is committed to tackling domestic abuse and all forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG) through a coordinated community response.
Domestic abuse and violence against women and girls has a devastating impact on both the individual and society.
The societal cost of domestic abuse has been estimated to cost public services (criminal justice system, health, social services, housing and civil legal services) £31.1 billion per year. The average cost of a domestic abuse case is estimated at £14,000, not inclusive of long-term costs such as unemployment, housing and social services.
In Enfield over one-third of violence reported to police is domestic abuse, with 86 per cent of these reports being from women. Domestic abuse related offences account for 8.5 per cent of total recorded crime within Enfield, with 30 per cent of personal crimes identified as domestic abuse.
There is a dedicated partnership, of which the ESCB is a part, through which we tackle domestic abuse and VAWG. Our local strategy underpins our approach with our priorities in line with the national framework.
In July 2017 the Enfield Violence Against Women and Girls strategy was published. It outlines four core priorities which are;
1) Prevent violence from happening
2) Provide support and protection where it does occur
3) Provide a coordinated community response
4) Hold perpetrators accountable