The Partnership is pleased to be facilitating the roll out of a brand new project which is already dramatically improving the outcomes for known domestic violence victims. The TecSOS initiative, funded by the Vodafone Foundation and working in conjunction with Thames Valley Police and the Metropolitan Police, uses the latest mobile phone technology to prioritise and highlight emergency calls from victims. The scheme, already successfully introduced in other parts of Europe was revealed to the public on 29th September 2011.
Gwent Police was the first force in the UK to achieve full roll-out of the TecSOS handset and to date the handset is currently live in 13 forces. Well over 1000 victims of domestic abuse have already benefitted from having the TecSOS device with 57 live activations. The new device is being wholeheartedly welcomed by victims..
“ I feel safer when out and about “
“…..enables me to continue with my day to day life ”
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Radio 4 Woman’s Hour recently featured an interview with Carmel Napier, Chief Constable of Gwent Police in relation to the TecSOS programme. Follow the link above to hear the clip.
On Monday 25th June 2012, John Liversidge who manages the TecSOS project was presented to the Duke of Edinburgh at the Queen’s Jubilee River Pageant at Henley Business School.
The Duke was shown the device and given an explanation as to how it operates.
The Partnership once again ran an event at the House of Lords this spring to highlight the work of the TecSOS programme and hear from both users of the system and evaluators of the results to date. The event on 16th April was well attended by forces as well as strategic leads.