Women’s Aid deeply concerned by HMIC figures on police abuse of women
Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:
“The figures released today are cause for grave concern. When a woman is already vulnerable and reaches out for help, she must know she can rely upon and trust the police. That is what makes the exploitation of survivors of domestic abuse, who are some of the most vulnerable members of our communities, for sexual gain so appalling.
“It is a betrayal of women and a betrayal of those police officers who work hard to tackle violence against women.
“More work needs to be done to ensure that survivors of domestic abuse are treated with dignity and respect. That is why we welcome the latest report from HMIC and the focus on ensuring that police officers and staff are not exploiting vulnerable victims for sexual gain. The culture within the police that allows these cases to happen must be robustly challenged; and it is essential that police forces recognise these cases as serious forms of corruption.”