‘No one should be above the law’: Women’s Aid responds to Bureau for Investigative Journalism’s findings on police officers who perpetrate domestic abuse
Wednesday 1st May 2019
Women’s Aid responds to the shocking findings from the Bureau for Investigative Journalism’s report into police officers who perpetrate domestic abuse. The BIJ’s investigation revealed that police officers are reported to the police for perpetrating domestic abuse on average four times a week yet only 4% of reported incidents result in a conviction. Read the BIJ’s full report online here.
Lucy Hadley, Campaigns and Public Affairs Manager at Women’s Aid, said:
“Every survivor should have the confidence that if she reports domestic abuse to the police that she will be supported and protected – even if her abuser is a police officer himself. We are shocked by the Bureau for Investigative Journalism’s findings that police officers are reported to the police for perpetrating domestic abuse on average four times a week yet only 4% of reported incidents result in a conviction. No one should be above the law.
“Power and control is at the heart of domestic abuse and perpetrators of domestic abuse come from all walks of life and work in professions throughout our society. Just as there is not a stereotypical “victim”, there is no stereotypical abuser.
“We know from our work with survivors that many women are too frightened to report the abuse to the police – less than half of women in refuge and only a quarter of women accessing community-based support services had reported the abuse to the police. It is clear that police leaders must take urgent action to ensure that all forces have the appropriate procedures in place so that survivors are protected and can access justice whatever their abuser’s profession. The police must also invest in robust and ongoing domestic abuse training, co-delivered by specialists like Women’s Aid, to ensure that all police staff understand domestic abuse and send out the powerful message that domestic abuse is unacceptable and that officers who perpetrate domestic abuse will be held to account.”
For information or support, you can contact the Freephone 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge, on 0808 2000 247 or visit www.womensaid.org.uk.
For more information, please contact the Women’s Aid press office: 020 7566 2511 / [email protected]