Private probation services “fail” domestic abuse victims

The HM Inspectorate of Probation has found than in 7 out of 10 cases, the protection offered to victims of domestic abuse was inadequate. According to Chief Inspector Dame Glenys Stacey, probation officer’s failure to understand the dangers facing victims of domestic abuse were putting them add further risk.

After examining 112 cases across England the inspectors found only 27$ of eligible offenders had been referred to an accredited behavioural change program. Dame Glenys stated “Too often we were left wondering how safe victims and children were, especially when practitioners failed to act on new information indicating that they could be in danger”.

This view was supported by Women’s Aid Chief Executive Katie Ghose who also said these private probation services were “failing victims” and were not “fit for purpose when it comes to domestic abuse cases”. The government has announced they will be scrapping their contracts at the end of 2020.

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RESPECT, an accredited program, responded to this report on their website or you can view their response here.

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