Cambridgeshire deploys tech to combat domestic abuse

9/15/2020

Cambridgeshire Constabulary has rolled out a domestic abuse referral app called WEPROTECT to all of its frontline officers.

The solution is designed to “help domestic abuse victims gain quick and vital legal support.” It will be used by officers attending domestic abuse incidents, in order to make instant referrals on behalf of the victim.   

The force is partnering with legal assistance and protection service the Domestic Abuse Alliance to deliver the technology.

Speaking of the app, a spokesperson for Cambridgeshire Constabulary said: “Once a referral has been submitted, a DA Alliance legal advisor will contact the individual to offer specialist legal assistance.

“Depending on the level of continued risk faced, the advisor will prioritise the situation and facilitate the implementation of civil injunctions, such as non-molestation orders, to provide extra safeguarding measures. This service will run alongside the police investigation into any criminal activity that has taken place.”

Cambridgeshire Constabulary's domestic abuse strategic lead, detective inspector Dave Savill, said: "The launch of the WEPROTECT app and partnership with the DA Alliance is a really positive step forward and will provide a great deal of support for victims who need legal support and advice.

"The quick and easy referral form will help us streamline communication between victims and the legal advisors. It will also help us ensure that those suffering from abuse can get the necessary help and protection they need whilst further police enquiries are carried out.”

The launch follows a six-month pilot carried out in the Peterborough area.

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