Same-sex domestic abuse

MQT on 2013-11-20
Session date: 
November 20, 2013
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Research has shown that domestic abuse within same-sex relationships goes unreported by four out of five of those who experience it and that half of those that report it to the police were not happy with how they responded. What do you intend to do with the Metropolitan Police to improve reporting and their response to same-sex domestic abuse?


Answer for Same-sex domestic abuse

Answer for Same-sex domestic abuse

Answered By: 
The Mayor

MOPAC is committed to increasing confidence to report domestic violence in any relationship or setting and developing more and better ways to do so. Confidence to report is reinforced by a consistent and professional response to victims and the MPS is implementing a continuous improvement plan for domestic violence, which focuses on improving the response to victims. Part of this response involves referring victims in same sex relationships to the LGBT Domestic Abuse Project. In addition, probationary police officers are taken through real life scenarios, which challenge thinking around same-sex domestic abuse and hate crime. 

MOPAC will oversee the MPS response to domestic abuse through MOPAC Challenge and the VAWG Panel and will monitor satisfaction through a new confidential survey under development that all victims of domestic abuse will be invited to complete.