Women’s Aid responds to HMI Probation’s domestic abuse report
Tuesday 25th September 2018
Today, HMI Probation released a thematic report on how privately-owned probation services, Community Rehabilitation Companies, are not doing enough to rehabilitate perpetrators of domestic abuse or keep victims safe. Read the full report online here.
Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:
“In cases of domestic abuse offences, it is vital to have the right response from probation services. Survivors of domestic abuse need to be protected, and the threat from perpetrators must be managed.
“This report shows that Community Rehabilitation Companies are failing victims, with a significant lack of understanding about domestic abuse, especially coercive control. Probation officers are routinely underestimating the ongoing danger posed to the victim, and not reassessing the level of risk involved when circumstances change. The findings of this report show that Community Rehabilitation Companies are currently not fit for purpose when it comes to domestic abuse cases, and we call on the government to urgently change this to protect survivors.”
If you are worried about your relationship or that of a friend or family member, 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]