New training regime to improve response to domestic abuse

A new initiative was launched this month to improve police handling of domestic violence cases.

The charity CCADA (Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse) is working closely with the College of Policing to bolster training of frontline and specialist officers.

The work, which will be completed by early 2015, is part of a package of recommendations made by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), in a review of the police response to domestic abuse.

After being commissioned to look into the issue by the Home Secretary, HMIC found that only eight out of 43 forces in England and Wales was responding well.

In an exceptionally critical report, published earlier this year, the watchdog identified widespread failings and said that more resources had to be devoted to the issue.

Senior police said at the time they were committed to improving the handling of domestic abuse cases.

Diana Barran, Chief Executive of CAADA said: “A good police response can make a huge difference to a vulnerable victim who is calling the police for the first time – perhaps the difference between life or death.

“This work reflects a real commitment from both organisations to improve police standards.”

Chief Constable Alex Marshall, chief executive of the College of Policing, said the way in which the police force responds to domestic abuse had changed dramatically in the past few years.

“Experience has shown us that where we work with health and social care agencies and the voluntary sector, we can make a huge difference for victims of domestic abuse.”