Tuesday, April 14

This is an article by Helen Faulds

I'm always looking for insight about anything that I have blog about. Thanks to Helen she wrote something for my readers.

 HMIC Report: An Improved Response from Police is Required in Cases of Domestic Abuse
Domestic abuse is a far-reaching problem in the UK, affecting one in four women and one in six men in their lifetime. On average, two women are killed each week and 30 men suffer the same fate every year. Domestic violence makes up 16 per cent of all violent crime in the UK and has more repeat victims than any other. Some of its direct effects include homelessness, hospitalization for injury and approximately 400 suicide attempts made each year. Things seemed to be looking up when a report was published last year by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary regarding police response to domestic violence in the UK, since the report pointed out important failures in the system that need to be targeted. The report was the conclusion of a six-month review into the workings of police forces in England and Wales with respect to domestic abuse yet despite its intent, little has changed since its initial publication and police response to violence in the home has now become a matter of urgency. Some of the most important findings of the HMIC report include:
  • 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.
A recent article in The Telegraph has pointed out that too many necessary changes have not been effected, including the recommendation that methods of risk assessment reviewed. The problem is that being categorized as a high risk case is the only way to receive support. When it comes to domestic violence, the risk of violence can easily change from standard to high and police need to focus on much more than merely minimizing risk.
Further reading:
Lwa.org.ukUnderstanding abuse, accessed April, 2015.
This is an article by Helen Faulds
It's everyone's problem not just yours!

Thursday, April 9

Get Stepping

Get those rock hard abs! If it was easy everyone would do it! Monika makes you work. She is famous for making you sweat and abs sore. Just what we all come for. Russian twists,  crunches, and planks.  Monday's are plank day's.  Be the plank! Two minutes of torture with a lower planks side planks you name it. She loves them. 
Step class is always fun. As long as you don't trip over your step. It can be an amazing cardio workout. It's your workout it's your  class. Make it what you want just keep moving.  That's the hardest part when you get tired you tend to stop don't push yourself.  Train your brain even if you get tired it's your brain you have to overcome. You have to decide how bad do you want it. You are the only obstacle that you have to get by. Don't stand in your way. 

Monday, April 6

Motivation Tuesday

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.

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