- The overall police response to domestic abuse is lacking, despite considerable improvements having been made in recent years. In many cases, inadequate service has been provided to victims, and this means that they are placed at an unnecessary risk.
- Domestic violence is listed as a priority in the Police and Crime Plans of most forces, yet in practice, it sometimes does not receive the importance it merits.
- Some of the factors that contribute to an inadequate response include:
- A lack of clear leadership and direction from senior officers.
- Problems in core activities, especially with regards to the collection of evidence at the scene of the crime.
- A failure to promote proper behavior, attitudes and actions on the part of officers.
- The failure to place domestic abuse as a priority when determining day-to-day priorities, routines and assignments for frontline officers.
- An inadequate feedback system that will highlight the experience of victims with respect to police response. It is vital that the voices of victims be heard; they can provide police with a keen understanding of the nature of abuse and the many forms in which it can be manifested.
- Police officers need to have the required training and tools they require to provide the right response to victims. Officers need to be aware of the nature of domestic violence, and of the effects it can have on victims, children and society.
- The lack of priority given to domestic abuse means that often, police miss the opportunity of tracking down aggressors and serious consequences can ensue.
- An improvement is required in the information technology accessed by officers, so they can obtain more information about the victim or perpetrator when they arrive at the relevant home.
- Police can find it more difficult to respond appropriately when psychological intimidation is used instead of physical violence.
- The initial response of officers to a situation of violence is crucial, yet in some cases, victims can appear to be uncooperative out of a sense of future repercussion from the perpetrator or because the relationship is marked by addiction or codependence. Police officers need to be aware of the sometimes ambiguous response they may receive from a victim. The report notes that all too often, the service a victim receives depends entirely on the skills of empathy of the particular police officer involved.
- A quick police response is not sufficient; officers also need to ensure victims know that they are being taken seriously and that they are not being judged. When these qualities are not present in police officers, it can undermine the confidence of victims.
- Police officers need greater awareness of who is responsible for what; often, a confusion as to roles leads to inadequate service being provided.
- The assessment of victims as either high, medium or standard risk cases, needs to be reviewed.
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Your workout can easily get lost in the whirlwind of your weekly to-do list. Don't let it! If you need help follow these tips.
1. Get a gym buddy. Have someone by your side who can help push you to your goals and vice versa!
2. Workout at least three times per week. Make it a guiding rule to, at the very least, exercise three times a week!
3. Set goals. Setting a goal weight or other related goal can be utilized as motivation to get up and moving
My personal favorite look to Arnold Schwarzenegger for help. Blast your headphones with kick ass music you can get lost in. Bust out that workout telling yourself you can! Ask yourself How bad do you want it?
Then do it.