• BBC News – Domestic abuse policing changes needed ‘from the top’ – Tina Royles Domestic Violence Expert

    April 16, 2014

    Domestic Violence Advice

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    Domestic abuse policing changes needed ‘from the top’ is the title of the article on the BBC News Website

    It refers to comments that I made during a recent interview on BBC Radio 5 Live where I was talking about the report released in relation to police responses to domestic violence and the findings that heavily criticised most police forces across the united kingdom in the way they handled and dealt with domestic violence. (See article link with audio insert below)

    Most police officers join the police to help others and to make a difference – and the majority of officers who are sent to domestic violence incidents deal with them in a sensitive, effective and professional way. There are some of course that don’t and it is only right and appropriate that these officers are held to account, and in my opinion this is where most of the work is needed in order to improve the service for members of the public who are suffering from domestic violence, and also to improve the overall professionalism of the police, and the standard of officers within its ranks.

    The training, the guidance, the policies and procedures are all in place – they have been for years.

    Officers should know how to recognise and deal with criminal offences this is their ‘bread and butter stuff’.

    Therefore if they are not dealing with the ‘criminal offences’ that come under the ‘domestic violence umbrella’ then they should be held accountable for their actions as this would surely be ‘gross misconduct’ 

    A recent precedent would be the case of a PC who was a sexual offences trained officer who was dealing with a rape case, the victim had made a complaint, but the PC said that the case was not being pursued…after investigation the PC was found guilty of ‘gross misconduct’ and sacked as a PC with Essex Police and also jailed for her actions. This case highlights the consequences for PC’s not doing their job, of course where domestic violence cases are concerned for the victims and their families the consequences are that they could be placed in more danger or also lose their lives if ‘officers fail to do their jobs’

    It is in everyones interests therefore that monitoring and accountability is paramount within police forces. This monitoring and accountability not only is the responsibility of the police officers who are dealing with domestic violence themselves, but their supervising officers and line managers who are responsible for ensuring their team is ‘doing their job’. 

    Of course the overall responsibility for making sure police officers ‘do their job’ is the Chief Constable of each and every police force. It is their job to ensure that training, guidance, policies and procedures, and above all adequate resources are put in place for these such officers to be able to ‘do their job’

    Lets hope the report into the way police deal with domestic violence paves the way for more resources, monitoring and accountability, and for the leadership at the top to be committed with action as opposed to just words.

    For further information regarding the articles discussed in this blog see the below links

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26768258

    http://www.tinaroyles.com/enough-is-enough-this-constant-attack-on-the-police-has-the-potential-to-put-more-victims-of-domestic-violence-in-danger

    http://metro.co.uk/2013/12/06/essex-policewoman-jailed-after-she-lied-about-investigating-a-rape-case-4220692/

    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/home-secretary-leads-action-on-police-response-to-domestic-violence-and-abuse

     

    About Tina Royles

    Connet with me: Google+ Tina Royles is the UKs leading expert in domestic violence offering Domestic Violence Counselling, Relationship Counselling and Anger as well as Stress Management Counselling. She is one of the UK’s most qualified and experienced domestic violence experts providing consultancy and advice to those who have suffered domestic violence, are currently in violent relationships or to friends and family of those affected. Tina provides the materials and tools to manage relationship difficulties and domestic violence through awareness and education and is regularly called upon by the national and local press to provide expert comments on high profile cases. Tina Royles

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