Domestic violence: Women must not be considered ‘at risk’. Here’s why
Police forces in Britain are not listening to victims and failing to follow basic procedures.
That was the damning verdict - one year ago - of a report into police response to domestic violence by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).
Its scathing verdict was the result of a six month-long review of every force in England and Wales. Its findings were both shocking and appalling.
Today is the first anniversary of that report. Although you wouldn't necessarily know it. 365 days on and very little has changed.
On average, two women a week in England and Wales are still killed at the hands of a partner or ex-partner. The police response to domestic violence has become an urgent issue - one we simply cannot ignore.
One of the most important recommendations HMIC made was that the College of Policing review their method of risk assessment - the widely-used tool which identifies women as ‘high’, ‘medium’ or ‘standard’ risk.
We still await that review with great interest.
But, the problem really lies with the notion of using risk as the sole measure to assess a woman's need for support. ...
Inspired by our participation with the Write to End Violence Against Women awards organised by Zero Tolerance, we are now collecting examples of good journalism and writing about domestic and sexual violence and abuse to make it clear that it is possible to write about DSVA without resorting to myths, misrepresentations, minimisation and victim blaming.
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