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Victim-focussed research and training gets underway

Victim-focussed research and training gets underway

Following a proposal from Ron Hogg, Durham Police and Crime Commissioner, Durham Constabulary are working together with Durham University under a knowledge transfer partnership.

The aim of the partnership is to conduct research into victims’ experiences when reporting incidents of domestic abuse to the police that will improve responses to domestic abuse victims. The research will focus on the voice of the victim and a new interactive training programme will be designed and rolled-out for officers.

Mr Hogg said: "This underlines the commitment to the development of an evidence-based strategy for more effective police delivery. It is absolutely vital, in such a difficult and sensitive area of policing, and we are certain that it will lead to a much greater, enhanced service delivery for victims of domestic and sexual abuse."

Domestic abuse is a serious issue, the impact of which cuts across all social, geographical and cultural groups. National research indicates that as many as one in four women and one in six men will be a victim of domestic abuse. Women, men, those in same sex relationships and those in the transgender community experience domestic abuse.

Paul Goundry, the Constabulary lead for domestic abuse has said: "As a Force we seek to continuously improve how we respond to all reports made by the public and domestic abuse is no exception. We look forward to working with Durham University and to listening to the views of those we serve. We hope that the learning from this partnership will result in an improved response to domestic abuse."

Posted on Thursday 13th March 2014
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