Women’s Aid responds to HMICFRS report on police abuse of power for sexual gain

27th September 2019

A new HMICFRS report finds that police forces are not doing enough to prevent officers from abusing their position for sexual gain.

Adina Claire, Acting Co-Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:

“When a woman discloses domestic abuse to the police, she must know that she can rely upon and trust the police to keep her safe. For an officer to breach her trust, for his own sexual gain, is an appalling violation. Anyone who commits this abhorrent crime must be held to account.

It is unacceptable that, despite the introduction of national standards for vetting police officers in 2009, and clear recommendations from HMICFRS on how police forces can tackle this form of corruption, too many forces are not taking enough action to stop vulnerable women from being exploited.

We welcome this report from HMICFRS, and urge all police forces to deliver these recommendations – vetting their staff in line with national standards, monitoring officers and working with local domestic abuse services to identify perpetrators.

The good reputation of the many officers who work so hard to tackle violence against women mustn’t be tarnished by those who set out to harm the women they’ve been trusted to protect. This is a serious form of police corruption that must be tackled urgently.”


If you are worried that your partner, or that of a friend or family member, is controlling and abusive, 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]

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