Antonia Bance

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Antonia is our director of communications and policy. She oversees all of our communications, policy, marketing and fundraising activities.

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Inspired by some Idvas – and irritated by the manifestos

Last week, I spent two days in the north-west, talking to domestic abuse specialists, police officers and expert support staff, and council officers.

I visited two police forces, observed a Marac meeting, had lunch with city council officers and tea with one of our Leading Lights Idva services. The common theme amongst this diverse group of professionals, all dedicated to stopping domestic abuse? The sheer demand for their help – and the struggle they were having meeting it.

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One year on from the inspector’s report, are police forces still failing victims of domestic abuse?

Today marks one year on from the landmark report by HMIC into domestic abuse.

It found that the police response to domestic abuse was not good enough. It found failings in core police business – like collecting evidence at the scene. It found that officers didn’t have the knowledge and skills to work with victims of abuse. And it showed that despite domestic abuse being linked to 8% of crimes, in reality police forces did not see it as a priority.

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