Written by Kylie Barton, Researcher
At present it is a little known fact that HMIC promote a mandatory arrest approach to domestic abuse (DA) cases. This method has been under some scrutiny from academics, practitioners, and frontline professionals for some years, and the tide may just be changing.
I completed a report in December entitled ‘Once Called, Twice Shy’ for Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Simon Hayes to look into the issue. The aim was to look at what victims wanted from the police, and the results were extremely varied, showing that as suspected; every case of domestic abuse should be assessed individually.