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Barriers to reporting domestic violence and the community’s (un)willingness to cooperate with the police within the Polish community in London

This project aims to gain a robust understanding of Polish migrant women's attitudes and experiences of reporting domestic abuse to the police in the UK.

Key details

Lead institution
Principal researcher(s)
Dorota Krogulewska
Police region
Level of research
Project start date
Date due for completion

Research context

Victims of domestic violence within the Polish migrant community in London are often reluctant to report their situation to the police, living in fear of their abusive partner. 

The aim of this research is to improve the understanding of often extremely vulnerable victims of domestic violence within the Polish migrant community in London.

It will provide advice on, disseminate knowledge and promote public understanding of the issues faced by Polish migrant women with the aim of positively impacting the effectiveness of public services and policies and, as a consequence, the general quality of life of the population.

Research methodology

The research is to be conducted within the Polish community in London, with a mixed-methods approach.

The research will include:

  • surveys
  • focus groups
  • semi-structured, qualitative interviews with a sample of the Polish community members, Polish police officers, support/civilian professionals (police and court interpreters), and charities
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