Domestic Violence is single greatest cause of harm, says Met officer

Britain’s most senior police officer has warned that domestic violence is the single greatest cause of harm in our society.

Chief Superintendent John Sutherland of the Metropolitan police was speaking at the Tackling Britain’s Gang Culture conference.

The conference is where people whose lives have been affected by gangs and street crime gather to discuss the causes of the problems, the impact and the possible solutions.

Sutherland says he has concerns over sexual exploitation and the absence of positive role models. But, says that domestic violence in the home was the biggest contributor to the problems in society.

He thinks we have barely begun to understand the secondary impact that domestic violence has on people.

Swain & Co.’s domestic violence solicitors say that it has a devastating impact, and although times have changed and there is a move that has happened in the last 25 years to understanding domestic violence more, the impacts are harder to understand.

The impact on adults can be more obvious, but it is the children that suffer great trauma too.

And, as we have previously posted, domestic violence can cause children to be violent.

The problem is a whole society one, and therefore requires a whole society solution according the Sutherland.

Domestic violence seriously affects the victim to the violence, but it also has further reaching damage to children within the household.

The trauma a child suffers from witnessing violence in the home can affect their behaviour.

Early intervention is needed to protect children as well as the parent that is subject to domestic violence.


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