A duty to protect: Police use of protective measures in cases involving violence against women and girls

Part of: Police engagement with women and girls Specific reviews

Super-complaints provide a voice for designated bodies to raise concerns on behalf of the public about patterns or trends in policing that are, or appear to be, significantly harming the interests of the public. 

On 19 March 2019 we received a super-complaint from the Centre for Women’s Justice. This super-complaint is about the police use of protective measures in cases involving violence against women and girls. It focuses on the use of pre-charge bail, non-molestation orders, domestic violence protection notices/orders and restraining orders. The Centre for Women’s Justice is also concerned that a highly vulnerable section of the population are systemically not being safeguarded because, collectively, these measures are not being adequately applied. 

HMICFRS, the College of Policing and the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) are responsible for assessing, investigating and reporting on police super-complaints. 

Following an investigation HMICFRS, the College of Policing and the IOPC have made recommendations to Chief Constables, the Home Office, the National Police Chiefs’ Council, and the Ministry of Justice. 

Read A duty to Protect: police use of protective measures in cases involving violence against women and girls here