Women’s Aid response to latest HMIC report
Thursday 2nd March 2017
Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:
“We welcome the news that there has been ‘huge investment in training’ on coercive control and domestic abuse. This marks a step change in police awareness and understanding and must be the case across all police forces, not just some. It is clear that this is urgently needed: the police recorded a 61% increase in domestic abuse-related crimes recorded between August 2013 and June 2016.
“The safety of victims depends on there being no postcode lottery in the response to domestic abuse. Some forces are not training their officers, and are failing to identify or respond effectively to vulnerable victims. We urge these police forces to implement HMIC’s recommendations immediately. It is already too late for far too many vulnerable victims.
“The massive variations in the use of the police force powers is also very troubling. Given the huge increase in domestic abuse crimes, it is concerning that the number of arrests has fallen so drastically. We understand that cuts and reduced resources are putting pressure on police forces. But domestic abuse must be a priority for every single force. Two women a week on average are still killed by a partner or ex-partner in England at Wales. The ‘first response’ from police officers simply must be effective – or more lives will be lost to domestic abuse.”