PCC comments on the National Rural Crime Network report on Domestic Abuse

17 July 2019

Today, Michael Lane has been invited to Westminster for the National Rural Crime Network (NRCN) launch of their report looking into domestic abuse in rural areas.

Police and Crime Commissioner Michael Lane said:

“I wholeheartedly welcome this important report which shines a vital light on the specific issues faced by victims of domestic abuse in rural areas.

“Last year, in partnership with the four top tier authorities, I provided £618,000 to services that support victims of domestic abuse and am committed to ensuring that these services can be accessed by those who need them irrespective of where they live.

“All Hampshire Constabulary officers and staff have received Domestic Abuse Matters first responder training, and there are also 450 Domestic Violence champions who are committed to promoting best practice and better understanding of domestic abuse.

“This report raises some important issues and we will be working with the Constabulary going forward to see what more we can do to ensure victims of domestic abuse everywhere in Hampshire get the right help, advice and support.”

Headline findings of the NRCN report:

  • Rural victims half as likely to report their abuse to others, and experienced abuse for 25% longer.
  • Rural isolation is often used as a weapon by abusers. The report cites evidence that abusers move victims to rural settings to further isolate them or systematically use isolation to their advantage if they already live in an isolated place.

Further key findings of the NRCN report can be found online.

Neighbourhood Crime Maps

Find out what’s happening in your neighbourhood, meet your local policing team and how to contact them. Explore the crime map to see what has happened and the policing outcomes for each crime.

Neighbourhood Watch

Find a Watch scheme in your community, and apply to join or send a message to the scheme coordinator. Neighbourhood Watch provides a way for local people to play an important part in making their communities safer.

This site uses cookies

We use necessary cookies to make our site work, and we'd like to use analytics cookies to keep improving our website. Using this tool will set a cookie on your device to remember your preferences. For more information please see our Cookies Page.


Necessary Cookies

Necessary cookies enable core functionality. You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions.


Google Analytics

We use cookies to compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interactions in order to offer better site experiences and tools in the future.