Today HMIC released a report entitled Everyone’s business: Improving the police response to domestic abuse, highlighting that thousands of people are still at risk of harm and even murder as a result of domestic abuse.
The report acknowledges that forces have made progress in terms of how well they deal with domestic violence victims, citing the introduction of Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs) and Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARACs) as effective methods of supporting these victims.
It also takes encouragement from how, despite the significant austerity challenge faced over the last four years, forces have managed largely to protect their investments in specialist domestic abuse services.
It does, however, go on to highlight that officers are often ill equipped to identify dangerous patterns of behaviour in domestic abuse perpetrators accurately, particularly where there is psychological intimidation and control, which can have fatal consequences.
Notable pain points were initial responses, duplication of efforts around risk assessments and management of processes, including working with partners.
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