According to an article published by BBC News, in England and Whales, “police officers and staff accused of domestic abuse are a third less likely to be convicted than the public, figures from 37 forces suggest… [even though] more than four allegations of domestic abuse against police staff were recorded each week.”
The investigation conducted by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) “show [that] 3.9% of claims against police led to a conviction from 2015-18 in England and Wales, compared with 6.2% among the general population.”
One woman shares the experience she had with the police after calling them to report that her ex-husband, who was a police officer, had threatened her with a knife. This is how the police reacted:
- The police told him he should leave the house and go for a walk.
- The police did not talk to her.
- They did not take a statement and there was no record on file.
- No charges were brought against him.
- The case was closed because there was nothing on file.
- The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), the police watchdog, asked the police to reopen the woman’s case again after 16 months, but the police said they cannot uphold her case.
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