Every year Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), who are responsible for independently assessing police forces and policing in England and Wales, carry out a PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) inspection of all 43 forces. In 2016 the effectiveness element of this will take place from September to November 2016.
HMIC will be visiting each force and assessing how effectively they protect those who are vulnerable from harm and support victims. This will include victims of domestic abuse and look at the progress made by forces since the publication of their report Increasingly everyone’s business: the progress report on the police response to domestic abuse published in December 2015. To contribute to this next inspection HMIC is again seeking the input of practitioners involved in supporting victims of domestic abuse and asking you to complete an online survey about your experiences of the service provided by police, and your views on how the police have performed in your locality over the last 12 months. The survey should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete; it will close at midnight on Friday 26th August 2016.
Last year across England and Wales over 450 practitioners responded and provided details of where improvements could be made. At that time the survey provided an insight into, where practice has improved in respect of the service provided to victims and perpetrators and work that was still required to ensure a high standard of service. The findings of the survey were published and nationally issues that were identified and used by HMIC to help shape the report and the recommendations for improvement were:
· 58% of responders felt that the police response to domestic abuse had improved.
· Specialist staff need a better understanding of victim/perpetrator dynamics.
· Gender bias continues to be an issue.
· Failure to deal appropriately with victims in same sex relationships.
· Insufficient specific domestic violence training.
· A need for an improvement in comprehensive safety planning.
· Lack of police support for DVPO’s.
· Lack of police action in relation to officers breaching non-molestation orders.