Saturday, 29 March 2014
Greater Manchester Police's handling of domestic abuse causes "Serious concerns"
Greater Manchester's Chief constable stated that this was a "complex area" with 170 incidents daily. HMIC highlighted what they described as two "key weaknesses" in the police handling of domestic violence incidents, these were a lack of time spent on the victims of Domestic abuse and a focus on offenders.
This last comment is particularly apt for GMP. Last year they were one of 4 UK police forces who were tasked with testing a new method of dealing with domestic abuse, the DVPO, domestic violence protection order. By this legislation a violent partner can be evicted on the orders of a senior police officer. see here for original post
But we must be careful not to pin the blame on just the police. Breaches of DVPO's are civil offences and not criminal offences. Accordingly it is up to the victim to deal legally with breaches and not the police. This situation is the fault of our lawmakers and not the police.