News – Police super-complaints: force response to police perpetrated domestic abuse

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS), the College of Policing and the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) have published a report in response to the super-complaint submitted by the Centre for Women’s Justice on police perpetrated domestic abuse. The super-complaint raised concerns about how police forces in England and Wales respond when police officers and police staff are accused of domestic abuse.

A joint investigation by HMICFRS, the College of Policing and the IOPC found that forces are not fully recognising and responding to the risks and responsibilities associated with domestic abuse allegations involving police suspects. It is vitally important that forces both respond robustly to such cases and are seen to do so.

The report includes a series of recommendations aimed at better investigations and better protection of victims in these cases. There are recommendations for chief constables, as well as for the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice and police and crime commissioners. There are also actions for the College of Policing and the IOPC. These are focused on ensuring national guidance and legal requirements are consistently followed, as well as growing an evidence base for effective practice.

Read the full findings here.

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