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Domestic Abuse

Question for Home Office

UIN 130955, tabled on 5 March 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to encourage victims of domestic abuse to report that abuse to the police.

Answered on

9 March 2018

The Government is committed to ensuring that survivors of domestic abuse receive the help and support they need.

The Home Secretary chairs a national oversight group to improve the police response to domestic abuse. Under her leadership: every police force has published a domestic abuse improvement plan; new guidance has been published by the College of Policing; new training has been successfully piloted; and, for the first time, police are now collecting data against a national standard on all domestic abuse recorded crimes.

Since the publication of “Everyone’s Business” in 2014, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has found that there have been considerable improvements in the overall police response to victims of domestic abuse.

The level of domestic abuse recorded by the police has increased by over 60 percent in less than three years and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggest this is due in part to police forces improving their recording as well as victims having greater confidence in the police to come forward.

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