Domestic violence will not be considered a priority in the new police national security plan, reveal De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad on Thursday. The national security plan sets police priorities for the coming 4 years. Domestic violence was among the priorities since 2008, but will not be included in the new draft.
“It seemed pointless to make it a priority again,” according to Jean-Marie Brabant, president of the local police standing committee. “Every police area has been focussing part of its efforts on domestic and spousal violence. A lot of work has been put in, but we realise we are sometimes powerless to combat this issue. Prevention has its limits. Current measures have however brought a lot of attention to the issue.”