Police welcome report in domestic abuse

Nottinghamshire Police has welcomed a report into the way domestic abuse cases are dealt with.

The force has been praised for its effectiveness in several areas and the inspection recognised the importance the force places on domestic abuse, along with our focus on victims.

HMIC has also set out some recommendations for improvement, which the force welcomes.

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Supt Helen Chamberlain, head of public protection, said: “Domestic abuse is a priority for Nottinghamshire Police and we have a dedicated team who use their professional judgement in dealing with cases. No two are the same and we do not subscribe to a ‘one size fits all approach’. This is something that we reinforced recently and we continue to work with officers on this approach.

“We have developed strong links with other organisations to share information in an effort to protect high risk victims and we are already working on ways to better protect those at all risk levels. All of this work is done through the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) with close involvement from our partner agencies.

“The force has a high arrest rate in the county for dealing with offenders which reinforces our proactive approach to tackling domestic abuse. To support this, guidance is made available at all times to all officers in force.

“We deal with a high volume of acceptance of abuse in our communities and often a genuine reluctance for victims to come forward. However, our focus is on victims having confidence in the force to feel able to come forward and get the support they need.

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“There is always room for improvement and we have been working hard to improve our response, how we treat victims and how we follow-up with repeat offenders. We have just completed a second training DVD which will be shown to every officer in force.

“We will take HMIC’s recommendations on board and in some cases, work is already being done in the areas highlighted.”

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