It has become increasingly apparent that there is a distinct link between arson attacks and domestic violence. The Arson Reduction Team works closely with partners within the Police, specialist domestic abuse service providers and the Local Authority to ensure victims feel safer in their own homes.

This may include the installation of letterbox blanking plates and additional smoke alarms if required.

We work collaboratively with partner agencies, and the Arson Reduction Team are able to make arrangements to visit a property when an urgent case of domestic violence is identified, as they are available 24/7, 365 days a year to provide emergency support to protect victims and their families.

There is also a referral process which enables agencies to refer victims into the Arson Reduction Team if it is believed they could be at risk of arson. The team will then make contact with victims to arrange visits.

We continue to raise awareness within South Wales Fire and Rescue Service of issues surrounding domestic violence and hate crime and its impact on our organisation and the communities we serve.