HMICFRS Survey of Domestic Abuse Practitioners 2019


Welcome to the survey.

HMICFRS is keen to understand what practitioners who are engaged with victims, police or other relevant parties  think about the current police response to domestic abuse and how that might have changed.

Please note the closing date is midnight, Friday 11th October 2019. If you have any queries about the survey please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing:

1. Thinking about your experience with frontline response officers in the last 12 months, for each of the following, please use the scale given to tell us whether or not you think it needs improvement *

Requires a lot of improvementRequires some improvementRequires a little improvementDoes not require improvementDon't know
Understanding of what constitutes risk
Understanding of how DA may affect victim behaviour
Understanding of perpetrator tactics including coercive control
Ability to identify primary perpetrator
Use of appropriate victim questioning techniques (interviewing skills)
Access to interpreters when English not victim’s first language and REMEMBERING not to use family or friends to interpret
Acting in a non-judgemental manner with the victim
Taking disclosures of domestic abuse seriously
Reporting domestic abuse as a crime
Ensuring the immediate safety of the victim
Ensuring the immediate safety of children in the household
Comprehensive safety planning for victim (and children) based on understanding of risk
Awareness of civil remedies
Understanding of DVPNs and DVPOs
Appropriate use of DVPNs and DVPOs
Responds effectively to breaches of orders and bail
Information/increased awareness of support organisations and their services for victims
Taking photographs when speaking to the victim
Use of body worn video to record the incident
Gathering of relevant telephone calls and text messages
Initial evidence gathering from social media sites
Initial evidence gathering of computer use and files
Evidence that house to house enquiries were completed
Understanding how the evidence gathered in such cases is used in court [and that all evidence is important to support the case]
Placing the victims safety needs as a priority
Referring/signposting victims to domestic abuse support services