Stalking victims ‘let down’ by the Police and CPS
July 6, 2017 1 comment
Victims of stalking and harassment are frequently failed by the Police and Crown Prosecution Service thanks to poor reporting, regional inconsistencies and a general failure to grasp the true nature of the issue.
That was the conclusion of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) in a newly published joint report with the Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate.
Cases of stalking and harassment are often overlooked or misunderstood as isolated incidents, the report claims, leaving victims vulnerable and offenders free to continue their campaigns of intimidation.
A total of 112 cases were assessed by the two organisations. Not a single one was found to have been handled well by the Police or the CPS.
HMIC’s Wendy Williams lead the study. She said:
“We spoke to many victims of harassment and stalking during this inspection and found that these are crimes of persistence and control. Repeat patterns of behaviour can have a devastating effect on a person’s quality of life.”
“While we found some evidence that the police and CPS understand the risks of the repeat behaviours, as well as some examples of positive practice where victims’ needs were prioritised, we found worrying failings at every stage, including reporting, investigation and prosecution.”
The report was entitled Living in fear – the police and CPS response to harassment and stalking. Read it here.
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July 6, 2017