Women’s Aid welcomes College of Policing pilot on coercive control
Wednesday 21st September 2016
Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid said:
“At Women’s Aid we campaigned to have coercive control recognised in law, as it is at the heart of domestic abuse, and we are proud to be working with the College of Policing on the delivery of this training. We warmly welcome this pilot to support officers in understanding controlling and abusive behaviour, and the subsequent review of how the DASH tool is used with survivors, to ensure there is best practice when supporting victims and recording information. It is vital that officers have a thorough understanding of coercive control and consistent training available to them, so they are able to understand how domestic abuse perpetrators behave and read abusive situations accordingly.
“We also recognise that not all women experiencing domestic abuse decide to involve the criminal justice system – so urge all public services to follow their lead and improve knowledge, awareness and practice around coercive control and domestic abuse.”