• Domestic Violence – Tina Royles |Domestic Violence Expert

    When domestic violence is known to be minimised by most victims how can the Chief Constable of Essex suggest that treating every case of domestic violence as a priority is wrong?

    In an interview with the Echo a few days ago (6th August 2013) 

Essex’s new Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh when asked about finances and what should be cut next he goes on to comment as follows:

    Q: You inherited a financially “lean force”. Where do you go from there and how do you decide what will have to be cut next?

    A: “I have to look at the way we deliver services and we have to decide what the risks are. We have tried to stop duplication. We have staff who do too much checking when you should get things right first time.

For example, at the moment, every domestic violence case is treated as a priority, but that can’t be right. For example, some calls are just rows in families, so we don’t need to turn up with blue lights flashing.

    “If we can prepare officers to do risk assessments where necessary and assess calls where there is an apparent domestic abuse situation, we can respond sensibly and stop some of that duplication.

    “There will be some difficult decisions when you are having to find that amount of money over the next few years.”

    It beggars belief that the first cost cutting example that comes to the new chief constables mind is domestic violence incidents, when this force in particular has been in the spotlight recently for three major domestic violence cases where they have apparently failed to do enough in the early stages and throughout the process to identify the risks and administer the appropriate intervention to prevent fatalities.

    Domestic violence is known to be minimised by most victims, and they will disclose that it is just a row or argument, so how can the Chief Constable of Essex suggest that treating every case of domestic violence as a priority is wrong.

    Many of these said rows and arguments have the potential to escalate without warning into more frequent and severe incidents including fatalities. There is no hard and fast way of knowing which of these cases can have this outcome as all have the potential to do so. It is impossible to have such a robust risk assessment form that will capture such cases therefore treating all cases as a priority is vital.

    Whilst I can appreciate that there may be opportunities to improve how they undertake risk assessment and identify appropriate responses in reducing duplication to aid the victim, it would have been more appropriate for this example to have been used in how they cut the number of lives lost rather than how they can cut costs.

    Mr Kavanagh has recently reached out to agencies for help in responding to domestic violence and I am happy to share my experience, knowledge and thoughts with him”

    Tina Royles is a Domestic Violence Expert and a Director & Psychotherapist of a private counselling centre that specialises in domestic violence and relationship difficulties. She is a former Essex Police Officer who specialised in domestic violence.

    Tina has also been a manager of a domestic violence perpetrator programme, a trustee of two women aid refuges and has played a key role in a number of domestic violence partnership forums.

    She is the Author of the forthcoming book ‘When the Apple of Your Eye is Rotten at the Core’ out end of August 2013. Tina is a media contact for domestic violence on a local, national & international basis for newspapers, radio and television interviews.

    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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