Police forces in the UK are for the first time to receive
national guidance to help them investigate cases of domestic
violence, writes Shirley Kumar.
The guidance, commissioned by the Association of Chief Police
Officers of England and Wales and Northern Ireland, gives detailed
advice on the best way to handle domestic abuse and to minimise
It covers the best way to handle the victim and looks at working
with other agencies to provide support and advice to victims.
The guidance, produced by the National Centre for Policing
Excellence, is also in line with new powers given to police in the
Domestic Violence Bill which is due to receive Royal Assent