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Calling Warwickshire Police about domestic abuse - a walk through

‚ÄčIf your friend is contacting Warwickshire Police about sexual abuse, you may also wish to read this step by step guide.

There are two ways a victim of domestic abuse may decide to contact the police.

  1. In an emergency situation : during a violent incident or a potentially violent incident.
  2. In a non emergency situation : to report an incident that has happened and finished or to seek advice or information.

In an emergency: the police aim to respond to all emergency cases as a priority. If you / your friend reports an ongoing domestic incident then.

  • The police will arrive at their house as soon as possible. 
  • They will step in and stop any ongoing violence
  • They will assess and listen to your friend about what has happened
  • If a crime is identified then the police will arrest the offender, or if the suspect has left, make efforts to arrest them.
  • The police will carry out an assessment of the risk and will discuss ways to increase safety with your friend.
  • If your friend wants support from a support service the police can arrange this for them and make a referral on their behalf. That will lead to the support service contacting your friend directly either the next day or within the next few days.
  • Your friend's wishes will always be considered in the event of any criminal offences being identified and the police will act in the best interest of protecting your friend and their children.

In a non emergency: the police aim to respond to all reports of domestic abuse.

  • The police will make contact with your friend as soon as possible.
  • They will assess and listen to your friend about what has happened
  • If a crime is identified then the police will arrest the offender, or if the suspect has left, make efforts to arrest them.
  • The police will carry out an assessment of the risk and will discuss ways to increase safety with your friend.
  • If your friend wants support from a support service the police can arrange this for them and make a referral on their behalf. That will lead to the support service contacting them directly either the next day or within the next few days.
  • Their wishes will always be considered in the event of any criminal offences being identified and the police will act in the best interest of protecting your friend and their children.

Follow up:

The officer dealing with the incident will keep your friend updated as to the status of the case. When a suspect is arrested, released or a decision has been made in relation to charging the offender to court your friend will be updated. If the police impose bail conditions to protect your friend or their children your friend will be notified.

Depending on the circumstances of your friend's case they may be contacted by a Domestic Violence Officer also. They will look at ways of increasing your friend's safety over the longer term and have links with all the other support and professional organisations in Warwickshire who try to tackle abuse.

The Domestic Violence Officer is a police officer but they focus on your friend and how Warwickshire Police can make your friend safer and support them through this difficult time. Some of the options that a domestic abuse officer can help to arrange are:

  • Alarms for the household.
  • Mobile Phone loans.
  • Sanctuary Scheme - where Warwickshire Police can make your friend's house a safer place to live.
  • Personal attack alarms.
  • Refuge - for those people wishing to break contact completely with their partner/family.
  • Support Services - for abuse or alcohol issues we can directly refer your friend with their consent. In the case of abusers, Warwickshire Police can refer them to organisations that can help them stop or manage the triggers behind the abuse.
  • They can organise a Police Watch service that involves local officers just making contact and checking on your friend's well being periodically.

Warwickshire Police don't just arrest people. They are also there to help your friend to feel safe and protected within Warwickshire.

Protection:

If your friend decides to leave their partner there are many options available to them, and the support services within the Service Directory can help them plan how it is best to leave. Sometimes people may decide to leave straight after an incident which the police may have been involved in.

The police can have an immediate impact on your friend's situation, opening up all sorts of opportunities to them should the perpetrator be arrested and given conditions not to return to their home whilst the investigation is ongoing.

Sometimes enforcement action is needed to help people in leaving the abuser / perpetrator and can be useful in giving the police extra powers to protect people from future abuse.

Warwickshire Police have the powers to break the control, and work with other agencies to come in and provide the mix of support that is needed for your friend's circumstances.

Whilst the police want to reduce the incidence of domestic abuse they can only do this if they know the full scale of the problem your friend faces. Reporting as much information as possible to them will enable the police to support your friend in dealing with issues that may arise.

If you report domestic abuse to Warwickshire Police and children are involved, they have a legal obligation to involve social services. Social services have options available to help protect your friend and their children from any future abuse. The aim of social services is to help support your friend's children and your friend to overcome this cycle of abuse, and the impact it has taken on them.

If you or your friend report a criminal offence to Warwickshire Police they have a duty of positive action. This means that if they are aware of a crime, they will arrest the suspect and attempt to hold them accountable for their actions in a court of law. But in doing so, they will also aim to improve your friend's safety and help them to be supported through this difficult time.

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