Domestic Abuse

Home Office written question – answered on 13th April 2021.

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Photo of Jess Phillips Jess Phillips Shadow Minister (Home Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will publish the outcomes framework it is working towards in assessing the (a) quality and (b) outcome of current domestic abuse training from her work with the College of Policing; and when she expects to be able to report on that work.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Domestic Abuse Matters programme, commissioned by the College of Policing and developed in collaboration with SafeLives has so far been delivered to 25 forces as of January this year, with a further six forces in discussion. The College keeps training content under continuous review.

A recent evaluation (link below) of the training found that the Domestic Abuse Matters programme is effective in increasing the levels of recording and the number of arrests for coercive and controlling behaviour.

Policing a new domestic abuse crime: effects of force-wide training on arrests for coercive control: Policing and Society: Vol 0, No 0 (

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