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Domestic Abuse

Question for Home Office

UIN 131141, tabled on 6 March 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps are being taken to improve the investigation by police forces of complaints of coercive control.

Answered on

9 March 2018

The Home Secretary chairs a national oversight group that is driving a culture change in the police response by ensuring that the recommendations from the Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) reviews into domestic abuse are acted upon. This includes improving police understanding of coercive control

Police training and guidance is the responsibility of the College of Policing and the College has launched a new training programme, developed by the voluntary sector, called ‘Domestic Abuse Matters’ which focuses on improved evidence gathering and understanding of controlling and coercive behaviour.

Most recent data from the College of Policing indicates that this training has been rolled out across nine forces and plans are in place to roll out across more police forces.

Additionally, the College’s national curriculum relating to domestic abuse and coercive control is embedded in full into national recruit training, and the College has published Authorised Professional Practice on investigating domestic violence and abuse capturing controlling or coercive behaviour.

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