Commenting on the BBCs report on police officer violence, Niki Scordi, CEO at Advance, said:
“The new data from The National Police Chiefs’ Council stating that nine in 10 completed complaints regarding violence against women were dropped in a six-month period is extremely worrying and disappointing.
“While more women than ever are reporting to the police, properly carried out investigations are falling far below the level that they should be, and we are not seeing a rise in perpetrators being held to account by the police. We need concrete action to tackle this critical gap in public protection.
“We need to see an increase in commitment from the police not only to drive reporting of domestic abuse, but also to ensure thorough investigations are completed. We must see a move away from placing the burden on survivors and instead focus on evidence-led prosecutions. Only then can we hope to see trust between survivors and the police improve.
“There has never been a greater need for increased awareness of the signs of violence against women.”
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Emma Walker, Press Officer at Advance
- Advance’s vision is a world in which women and children lead safe, equal, violence-free lives so that they can flourish and actively contribute to society. The charity works with women who experience domestic abuse to be safe and take control of their lives, and women who have committed crime or are at risk of offending to break the cycle.
- As well as providing direct support, Advance works with statutory services, government agencies and other women’s charities to ensure a holistic approach to the issues these women face.
- Women must be referred to Advance, via statutory services or the charity’s self-referral scheme. For more information about who Advance can support, please visit Get Help
- For facts and statistics about domestic abuse and women in the criminal justice system, as well as Advance’s work, please visit Our Impact