I work in the Emerald team, investigating domestic abuse and sexual offences. This time of year, we’ll often see a spike in reporting that carries on through into January, as it’s sometimes a difficult season for individuals, or families, already living with domestic abuse. Incidences of sexual offences also see a increase at this time of year.
Our Victim Engagement Officers (VEOs) are specially trained members of police staff who are there to support the victims of domestic abuse, and that can often including stalking.
Stalking behaviour is most often about the coercion and control by one person of by another and has been linked to some of the most serious crimes we can deal with, including murder, sexual offences and domestic abuse. Continue reading
During this national 16 Days of action on domestic abuse, we turn the spotlight on Bedfordshire Police’s Victim Engagement Officers.
“VEOs” aren’t police officers, we are specially trained members of police staff who are there to support the victims of domestic abuse. Quite often we get involved at the point when an offender is in custody, but can also be brought in once a complaint has been made, and the offender has not yet been arrested.
While police officers deal with the criminal aspects and investigation of a case, we are there for the victim; toprovide help and assistance with anything and everything at what will be probably the worst time in someone’s life.