Police told to improve responses to domestic abuse

Report by HMIC calling for a national monitoring group to better protect victims.

Midlands Women's Aid respond to domestic violence report.

Midlands Women's Aid have urged Nottinghamshire Police to improve their responses to incidences of domestic violence.

This comes after Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary's (HMIC) report into the police responses to domestic violence. Only one fifth of perpetrators were found to be charged with a crime.

In a survey carried out by the charity only 18.2% of cases ended with the perpetrator being charged. In 32.1% of cases the police took no further action at all.

18.5% of women in refuges did not know if any action had been taken against the perpetrator, suggesting police did not keep victims informed and 3.2% of women reported being abused by police after reporting domestic violence.

Police in Midlands must improve response to domestic violence

HMIC report finds forces in East and West Midlands needs to improve
HMIC report finds forces in East and West Midlands needs to improve Credit: PA

A new report out by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary says that both East and West Midlands police forces must improve their response to domestic abuse.

The police watchdog is now calling for a national monitoring group to be set up to better protect victims and prevent violence.

This comes after West Midlands Police were forced to apologise to 19-year-old Alex Faragher from Sutton Coldfield earlier this year.

Two police officers were accused of leaving abusive voice messages after she had made a complaint of domestic violence.

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