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Calling Warwickshire Police about domestic abuse - a walkthrough

If you are 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 report an ongoing domestic incident then.

  • The police will arrive at your house as soon as possible. 
  • They will step in and stop any ongoing violence
  • They will assess and listen to you 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 you.
  • If you want support from a support service the police can arrange this for you and make a referral on your behalf. That will lead to the support service contacting you directly either the next day or within the next few days.
  • Your 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 you and your children.

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

  • The police will make contact with you as soon as possible.
  • They will assess and listen to you 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 you.
  • If you want support from a support service the police can arrange this for you and make a referral on your behalf. That will lead to the support service contacting you directly either the next day or within the next few days.
  • Your 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 you and your children.

Follow up:

The officer dealing with the incident will keep you 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 you will be updated. If the police impose bail conditions to protect you or your children you will be notified.

Depending on the circumstances of your case you may be contacted by a Domestic Violence Officer also. They will look at ways of increasing your 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 you and how we can make you safer and support you 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 we can make your 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 you with your consent. If you are an abuser we can refer you to organisations that can help you stop or manage the triggers behind the abuse.
  • We can organise a Police Watch service that involves local officers just making contact and checking on your well being periodically.

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

Protection:

If you decide to leave your partner there are many options available to you, and the support services within the Service Directory can help you plan how it is best for you to leave. Sometimes you 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 situation, opening up all sorts of opportunities to you should the perpetrator be arrested and given conditions not to return to your home whilst the investigation is ongoing.

Sometimes enforcement action is needed to help you in leaving the perpetrator and can be useful in giving the police extra powers to protect you 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 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 you face. Reporting as much information as possible to them will enable the police to support you 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 you and your children from any future abuse. The aim of social services is to help support your children and you to overcome this cycle of abuse, and the impact it has taken on you.

If you 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 safety and help you to be supported through this difficult time.

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