GMP continues fight back against domestic and sexual abuse with 20,000 arrests made in a year

19 April 2023, 06:05 | Updated: 19 April 2023, 08:27

GMP continues momentum in tackling domestic and sexual abuse
GMP continues momentum in tackling domestic and sexual abuse. Picture: Alamy

By Emma Soteriou

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) is continuing its fight back against domestic and sexual abuse, helping prevent and reduce cases.

Listen to this article

Loading audio...

Officers made almost 20,000 arrests in connection with domestic abuse in the year ending in March 2022 - a 79% increase on the previous year.

Of the 19,588 arrests, there was a 32% increase in those resulting in a charge or summons.

The force also made progress in connection with rape and sexual offences, which saw 3,050 arrests be made in the same period - a 33% increase on the year before.

Read more: Armed police swarm West Midlands after six are injured in random crazed dog attacks

Read more: SNP treasurer Colin Beattie released without charge pending investigation by police probing party's finances

The Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police Stephen Watson joins Nick Ferrari this morning to answer your questions. Watch Live on Global Player from 9am.

Watch live on Global Player
Watch live on Global Player. Picture: LBC

Detective Chief Superintendent Michaela Kerr, Head of Public Protection said the force's priority was not just to tackle such crimes but also prevent them in the first place.

"In recent months, we have made significant progress in responding to and investigating domestic and sexual abuse," she said.

"Though this is something to be proud of, we are realistic and know that there is always room to improve the service we are delivering to vulnerable people and those who are subjected to the most traumatic of experiences.

"Whilst responding to and investigating these crimes is at the forefront of our strategy to tackle them, so too is preventing them in the first place - to keep people safe and save them from harm’s way.

"As such, we have increased the use of Domestic Violence Protection Notices by over three quarters in the last 12 months.

"With showcasing our progress comes the opportunity to speak to those who need us most.

"To anyone who is suffering or has suffered at the hands of a perpetrator of domestic abuse or sex offender, please let this reassure you that GMP will take you seriously, we will ensure you are supported by specialist officers and the network of services across Greater Manchester, we will put you at the heart of our  investigations and we will do so with the intention of securing the best possible outcome for you and anyone else affected."

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Donald Trump

Supreme Court restores Donald Trump to 2024 presidential primary ballots

Former U.S. President Donald Trump receives cheers from his supporters during a election rally in Greensboro, North Carolina, March 2

Donald Trump cannot be kicked off presidential ballots, Supreme Court rules, handing Republican huge election boost

Trump-Fraud Lawsuit-Weisselberg

Former Trump Organisation CFO surrenders to NYC prosecutors on new charge

Sinéad O'Connor's estate demanded the former US president stop using her music.

‘She would have been disgusted’: Sinéad O’Connor’s furious estate demands Donald Trump stop using singer’s music

£1.2 million was spent on maintenance and improvements in 2023, despite the venue not being open, a hearing was told.

O2 Academy Brixton to reopen 16 months after deadly crush killed two people

Nikki Haley has defeated Donald Trump in the Washington DC primary - clinching his first win over the former president in the 2024 race to become the Republican presidential candidate.

Nikki Haley defeats Donald Trump in Washington DC vote - becoming first woman to win Republican presidential primary

Russia Nadezhdin Appeal

Russian court upholds decision barring anti-Ukraine war hopeful from election

Pakistan New Prime Minister

Shehbaz Sharif sworn in as Pakistan’s new prime minister

Pregabalin is used to treat a variety of illnesses, including epilepsy, depression and anxiety

Pregabalin ‘robbed me of a life and stopped me having kids’, woman who lived her whole life with chronic pain reveals

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt will deliver the 2024 spring Budget on Wednesday

Budget 2024: When is it and what are the key things you need to know?

The AI images have not been directly linked to Trump's presidential campaign.

Trump supporters target African American voters with fake AI images in apparent attempt to sway black vote

Police have failed to solve nearly half of burglaries in England and Wales in the past three years.

Police 'failed to solve a single burglary in nearly half of all neighbourhoods’ in past three years despite pledge

A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson

‘Get out! Get out!’ Dramatic moment police rescue residents as inferno engulfs London flats

Paul Scully has announced that he will not contest his seat at the next election

Paul Scully joins exodus of Tory MPs quitting at the next election

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak delivers a speech to business and construction representatives during a visit to Panattoni Park.

Rishi Sunak claims UK economy is getting 'on the right track' ahead of Spring Budget

Israel Palestinians

Israeli Cabinet member meets US officials as ceasefire talks get under way