Domestic abuse: a continuing problem for Police

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The recent comments by the, then, Home Secretary Theresa May at the Police Federation of England and Wales' annual conference in the UK, has once again placed the spotlight on how the police services in England and Wales deal with domestic abuse.

Theresa May, now Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, highlighted examples of the same old "shameful attitudes" (Guardian, 2016) by some officers, which appears to be a re-occurring issue in the Services response to domestic abuse. The comments made by Ms. May's, have a link to Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) report in 2014, which reviewed and criticised the way in which the police respond and dealt with domestic abuse victims. The question remains as to why domestic abuse remains such a problem for the Police and other agencies in many countries, not just the UK, despite many reviews, reports and high-profile cases illustrating the critical and repetitive failings by these services.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-12
Number of pages3
JournalAustralasian Journal of policing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2017


  • Domestic Abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Police


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