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Cause of concern

The force’s current approach to domestic abuse is unacceptable. The proportion of victims who fail to support the investigation and the low use of police powers of arrest and prosecution is a cause of concern to HMIC.

• In order to improve the service it provides to victims of domestic abuse, offer the best possible protection and bring more perpetrators to justice, the force should immediately consider ways of increasing the use of arrest, ancillary orders and other available powers. • To improve the service provided to victims of domestic abuse the force should immediately take steps to understand and address the reason behind why such a high proportion of victims of domestic abuse do not support the police investigation. • In addition, the practice of conducting domestic abuse risk assessments over the telephone and dealing with domestic abuse in the resolution centre should cease

[on]2nd March 2017 [status]awaiting-review[/status][/on][on]9th April 2018 [comment]

The force has responded positively to this recommendation from our 2016 effectiveness inspection and has achieved it in full. No DA risks assessments are now conducted over the telephone. It has taken action to increase the proportion of arrests resulting from DA offences to be in line with national averages for E and W andincreased use of ancillary orders to protect victims of DA. It has conducted detailed analysis behind the reasons for the high use of outcome 16 and now has a greater understanding of the reasons behind this.

[/comment][/on][on]11th May 2018 [status]complete[/status][/on][on]11th May 2018 [comment]

This recommendation is complete