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Police reporting DA survivors to immigration empowers abusers, says Jacobs


All 44 police forces across England and Wales, including British Transport Police, have shared information about victims of domestic abuse with immigration enforcement in the past three years, says domestic abuse commissioner Nicole Jacobs. “At the point when victims have come to the police for safety from abuse, they are met with what many fear […]

Police force reviews Clare’s Law applications

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Wiltshire constabulary has commissioned an urgent review into how it handled Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme requests for eight years. A staff member is under Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) investigation into how they dealt with the Clare’s Law applications. The person is currently suspended from Wiltshire Police. “We know there have been some failures […]

Operation Encompass expands in Northern Ireland

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A further 500 schools in the northern and western areas of Northern Ireland are joining Operation Encompass, bringing the total to 960. The programme involves police alerting a child’s school by 9am if they had attended a domestic abuse incident the day before where the youngster was present. That enables children to have emotional support […]

Report reveals extent of VAWG in police forces

A total of 1,177 cases against officers or staff members of police forces in England and Wales were flagged as relating to violence against women and girls (VAWG), a pioneering study has shown. The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and College of Policing analysed data from all forces, including British Transport Police, in the six […]

Scores arrested in drive against domestic abuse

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Lancashire Police have arrested 162 people across Preston, Chorley, South Ribble and West Lancashire during a month of action codenamed Operation Reckoning to tackle domestic abuse. Suspects wanted for threats to kill, assault, harassment and other offences were brought in for questioning. Officers also visited people on police bail for domestic abuse-related offences to ensure […]

Police rapist and domestic abuser jailed for life

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David Carrick, who committed a string of sex offences including rape as well as coercive and controlling behaviour during his 17 years as a serving Metropolitan police officer, has been jailed for at least 30 years. “I was ridiculed, teased and shamed,” one of his victim-survivors was quoted as saying by the Guardian newspaper. “I […]

Met chief apologies after officer admits DA-related offences

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Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley has apologised to PC David Carrick’s victims and “all of the women across London who feel we’ve let them down.” His comments came after PC Carrick appeared at Southwark Crown Court and admitted false imprisonment, indecent assault and four counts of rape. At a previous Old Bailey hearing he […]

Scottish police can improve response to DA, says inspector

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Though Police Scotland has done much to improve the way it handles domestic abuse cases, more can be done to improve its services, according to the Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Craig Naylor. The force is committed to making improvements. Police Scotland has a proactive approach to tackling the most persistent offenders, comprehensive training has been […]

Calls to police and DVPNs increase in Manchester

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The number of domestic abuse reports to police, arrests and Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVPNs) issued in Greater Manchester have gone up. “In the last 12 months, there has been a 12% increase in domestic abuse calls that required a grade 1 response, meaning that GMP officers have attended around 23,000 domestic abuse incidents where […]

Cheshire police launch scheme to prevent abusers re-offending

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A programme has been introduced in custody suites at Chester, Middlewich and Runcorn to enable those committing domestic abuse-related offences to stop offending. Perpetrators taken into custody will be offered access to support services and a behavioural change programme on their release. Participation is voluntary. Cheshire Police has launched the scheme with My CWA which […]