Cops join forces with Durham Univeristy to research experiences of domestic abuse victims

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A POLICE force and university have teamed up to conduct research into victims’ experiences when reporting incidents of domestic abuse.

Following a proposal from Ron Hogg, Durham Police and Crime Commissioner, Durham Constabulary and the city’s university teamed joined forces.

The aim of the partnership is to conduct research into victims’ experiences when reporting incidents of domestic abuse to the police that will improve responses to domestic abuse victims.

The research will focus on the voice of the victim and a new interactive training programme will be designed and rolled-out for officers.

Mr Hogg said: “This underlines the commitment to the development of an evidence-based strategy for more effective police delivery.

“It is absolutely vital, in such a difficult and sensitive area of policing, and we are certain that it will lead to a much greater, enhanced service delivery for victims of domestic and sexual abuse.”

Paul Goundry, Durham Constabulary’s lead for domestic abuse, added: “As a force, we seek to continuously improve how we respond to all reports made by the public and domestic abuse is no exception.

“We look forward to working with Durham University and to listening to the views of those we serve.

“We hope that the learning from this partnership will result in an improved response to domestic abuse.”