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Better use of court orders will reduce VAWG, says College

Better use of court orders and data on domestic abuse incidents will improve outcomes, officers are being told.

The College of Policing has comprehensively revised best practice on doemestic abuse investigations after reviewing data from 32 forces.

Officers are being urged to use an approach where consistent action and better use of police powers will protect women and girls as well as manage and disrupt perpetrators.

Including court orders in safeguarding plans can prevent abusers using or threatening violence against a victim or intimidating, harassing, or pestering them.

Known as Non-Molestation Orders (NMOs), they come with criminal penalties for breaches and are an arrestable offence.

It follows a review by the College which uncovered issues which contributed to inconsistent and ineffective use of NMOs across some forces, including a lack of understanding about the NMO application process.

Superintendent Manjit Atwal, the College of Policing’s Head of Delivery for the national Violence Against Women and Girls taskforce, said: “From the data we discovered the most effective use of NMOs occurred in forces with clear systems in place and where these were routinely considered as part of safeguarding plans.”

“The College of Policing has shared this information with forces so they can review and drive more consistent and effective use of non-molestation orders across policing.”

The College found forces with the most robust processes for dealing with NMOs included how they:

For response officers there should be: proactive checks by neighbourhood teams, contact with victims to offer them reassurance and building rapport with a suspect to encourage compliance.

The College wants officers to be ready to deliver a best response as awareness campaigns get under way to increase reporting.

Initiatives organised by Police and Crime Commissioners have included extended training to be delivered to Security Industry Staff and taxi drivers on how to spot predatory behaviour, school education programmes and advertising campaigns.

Merseyside this week launched a programme targeted at adults to change and challenge misogynistic and stereotypical language – as well as increase reporting.

PCC Emily Spurrell said: “We want to prevent and tackle sexual violence and ensure every woman feels safer and is safer.”

The update is part of a rapid response to the outcry following the murder of Sarah Everard and a super-complaint by the Centre for Women’s Justice in 2019 about the Service’s alleged failure to use protective measures to safeguard women and girls.

The College’s support for officers is the latest stage of work that began in December last year with the VAWG framework.

It set out how forces could ensure “more relentless disruption of perpetrators and more robust offender management”.

Getting the response right will save lives; according to official figures for England and Wales seven women a month are killed by a current or former partner.

Domestic abuse-related crime accounts for one in six (15 percent) of all crime recorded by forces in England and Wales every year.

More than 100,000 people in the UK are assessed as being at a high and imminent risk of being murdered or seriously injured as a result of domestic abuse.

Superintendent Manjit Atwal said: “Nobody should have to live in fear of violence and everyone in policing knows we have to do more to better protect women and girls.

“Non-molestation orders can be an extremely useful tool to crack down on perpetrators and protect the public whilst providing victims with the care and support they deserve.”

To access the Violence against women and girls toolkit go HERE

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