Police response to victims of domestic abuse continues to improve

The fourth report of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services on the police response to domestic abuse – The police response to domestic abuse: An update report – found continued improvement in how the police identify, respond to and support victims of domestic abuse.

The report recognises the good work being carried out by the majority of police forces including:

  • continued investment in training for their workforce on domestic abuse;
  • developing multi-agency safeguarding hubs (MASHs) to work in partnership with other organisations to better protect victims of domestic abuse;
  • the increased use of body worn video to capture evidence at the scene of an incident; and
  • the increased roll-out of Operation Encompass or similar schemes, which involve the police and schools working together to support children present at domestic abuse incidents.