Domestic Violence

Home Office written question – answered on 9th March 2018.

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Photo of Liz Saville-Roberts Liz Saville-Roberts Shadow PC Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Shadow PC Spokesperson (Women and Equalities) , Plaid Cymru Westminster Leader, Shadow PC Spokesperson (Justice), Shadow PC Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether there are plans to increase the number of police forces which provide classroom training to first responders and investigating officers on the offence of coercive control.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Minister of State, Home Department

The Home Secretary chairs a national oversight group that is driving a culture change in the police response by ensuring that the recommendations from the Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) reviews into domestic abuse are acted upon. This includes improving police understanding of coercive control

Police training and guidance is the responsibility of the College of Policing and the College has launched a new training programme, developed by the voluntary sector, called ‘Domestic Abuse Matters’ which focuses on improved evidence gathering and understanding of controlling and coercive behaviour.

Most recent data from the College of Policing indicates that this training has been rolled out across nine forces and plans are in place to roll out across more police forces.

Additionally, the College’s national curriculum relating to domestic abuse and coercive control is embedded in full into national recruit training, and the College has published Authorised Professional Practice on investigating domestic violence and abuse capturing controlling or coercive behaviour.

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