Police in the UK are playing their part to highlight public protection issues and raise awareness of domestic abuse as part of a global day of action called Peace One Day.So far 18 forces in England and Wales have joined up to take part in the global awareness-raising campaign which takes place on 21 September. It comes as the service nationally reviews training, academic evidence and policing professional practice on investigating domestic abuse.
College of Policing national domestic abuse co-ordinator Detective Chief Inspector Steve Jackson said the College is leading on several pieces of work to improve standards, prevent serious harm and save lives:
''It is important that individual police officers and the organisation have the right mind-set when dealing with domestic abuse.
''There is a clear link between initial police attendance, risk assessment, safety planning and the subsequent criminal justice outcome. Victims need to have confidence in the police service but we must accept that we cannot do this in isolation. Partnerships across the entire profession is key to our future success.''
One such partnership has resulted in the College of Policing working with the Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse (CAADA) to review and improve training for frontline and specialist officers. The work, which will be complete 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, published in March this year. HMIC also recommended that the experience of domestic abuse victims should play a central role in the new improved training, to ensure that police officers fully understand the complex nature of domestic abuse and are equipped to respond in the most effective way.
DCI Jackson said: ''This pioneering collaboration will bring a different perspective to this complex and challenging public protection discipline.''
The partnership includes the secondment of a CAADA employee to the College of Policing to:
DCI Jackson said he was working with national policing lead on domestic abuse ACC Louisa Rolfe, force public protection leads, statutory partners and voluntary sector groups to identify good practices to keep people safe following contact.
A review of policing practice, known as Authorised Professional Practice (APP), on investigating domestic abuse is expected to be published for consultation in the autumn.
To find out more, visit the Peace One Day website.
The forces signed up to the Peace One Day domestic violence coalition include:
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