The Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) and Police Scotland will participate in a European-wide study into institutional responses to domestic abuse.
The objective of the three-year Improdova project is that the findings will enable police, social workers, non-governmental organisations and other frontline responders to help increase reporting of domestic abuse.
Fewer than a tenth of domestic abuse victims seek help from the police, according to the World Health Organization.
Detective Superintendent Gordon McCreadie who leads Police Scotland’s response to domestic abuse, said: “Improving our understanding of this complex area is key and we recognise the importance of collaboration to help inform how we can further enhance our response.”
The SCCJR is jointly run by Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling and Strathclyde Universities.
Researchers from Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Portugal and Slovenia are participating in Improdova, as well as Scotland.
In an introduction to its remit, Improdova said: “In theory we know very well how we should prevent, detect and mitigate domestic violence. However in daily practice this is often not taken into account.”