Domestic violence: an assessment of current and proposed Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) policy and procedures

Service, Trevor (2008) Domestic violence: an assessment of current and proposed Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) policy and procedures. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The PSNI's current policy and procedures, in relation to Domestic Violence, are contained in a 2004 Policy Directive number 02/04 entitled "Police Response to Domestic Incidents"(PSNI, 2004). Whilst this policy is currently in force, it has been recognised that substantial changes, both in practices and restructuring, have occurred, especially over the past two years. As a result the policy itself has been the subject of a lengthy review over the past twelve months and will be replaced by a new directive in the near future. Some of the constituent elements, however, will remain the same. With the piloting towards the end of 2006, and subsequent evaluation, of "Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences" (MARACs), for the first time in Northern Ireland, and consideration being given to the introduction of "One-Stop-Shops", new procedures and training elements have had to be considered. The author has been provided with a Draft of the new PSNI policy directive to facilitate this research. Where reference is made to the above two policies in this paper, they will be prefixed with either "Current" or "Draft". This research aims to examine the current (and proposed) PSNI policy and procedures in relation to Domestic Violence and assess the quality of service delivered to victims. Although mention is made in the text to perpetrators programmes, it is not the primary purpose of this paper to examine this particular area in any depth. The subject of perpetrator programmes, itself, could form the basis of further research. Particular attention is paid, however, to the role of Domestic Violence Officers (DVOs). The contents of PSNI Policy Directive 02/04, and the new Draft Directive, were examined as a basis for this paper. These formed part of a much wider literary review on the subject. Focus groups with serving PSNI officers were held and followed with questionnaires to all DVOs. A number of one-to-one semi-structured interviews were also conducted with selected DVOs, representatives from Women's Aid and senior PSNI officers. A questionnaire in relation to PSNI responses to domestic assaults was provided to Women's Aid who distributed this in a number of their refuges. This provided a qualitative aspect to the research whilst quantitative data was provided by PSNI statistics branch in relation to domestic violence incidents pre and post 2004.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14

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