South Yorkshire Police back ‘Peace One Day’ domestic abuse campaign

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A campaign aimed at raising awareness of Domestic abuse has gained support from South Yorkshire Police.

The College of Policing’s campaign, which takes place on social media today, is part of a global day of action called Peace One Day.

19 other forces in England and Wales have also joined up.

It comes as the service nationally reviews training, academic evidence and policing professional practice on investigating domestic abuse.

College of Policing national domestic abuse co-ordinator Detective Chief Inspector Steve Jackson said the College is leading on several pieces of work to improve standards, prevent serious harm and save lives.

He said: “There is a clear link between initial police attendance, risk assessment, safety planning and the subsequent criminal justice outcome. Victims need to have confidence in the police service but we must accept that we cannot do this in isolation. Partnerships across the entire profession is key to our future success.”

One such partnership has resulted in the College of Policing working with the Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse (CAADA) to review and improve training for frontline and specialist officers.

The work, which will be complete by early 2015, is part of a package of recommendations made by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) in a review of the police response to domestic abuse, published in March this year.

HMIC also recommended that the experience of domestic abuse victims should play a central role in the new improved training, to ensure that police officers fully understand the complex nature of domestic abuse.

National Policing lead on domestic abuse ACC Louisa Rolfe said it was important for police to show support for awareness campaigns like Peace One Day.

She said: “Campaigns such as Peace One Day are crucial in raising awareness of domestic abuse, we continue to grapple with a staggering amount of acceptance of abuse in our communities, a traditional justice system that does not readily recognise the complex and very personal impact on victims and a genuine reluctance by victims to report their abuse.

“Domestic abuse is core police business and when people come forward we must get it right. Every victim should be safer after contacting the police.”