Tag Archive for policing

Lecture: Policing HBV

I like to time my lectures by recording them. It’s a bit obsessive, admittedly, but it does mean I end up with MP3s I can use. I did put these up on Slideshare, but they have now deleted all audio, so my lecture from last year is lost to the ages. I’ve rerecorded it – with a few changes – and embedded a slideshow so you can play along at home. I wish I had a sound effect of Tinkerbell ringing her little bell, but I’ve just said ‘Next slide’ or something like that instead.

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HMIC will be inspecting the forces provision of services in cases of HBV in 2015.

So-called Honour Based Violence (HBV) – The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) defines HBV as “a crime or incident, which has or may have been committed to protect or defend the honour of the family and/or community”. ACPO‟s guidance to forces on tackling HBV suggests that under-reporting might be an issue, and that there is still much to be achieved if victims are to feel empowered to come forward and seek help. HMIC proposes conducting an inspection to examine this complex and sensitive area of under-reported serious crime, how far the police are aware of it and how well they are tackling it.

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Models of HBV risk assessment: DASH v PATRIARCH

I recently wrote an article based on my case-file research into the distinctions between IPV and HBV which teased out some of the implications for risk assessment. (It should be published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence sometime in 2014). This blog-post is building from that to talk about the current risk assessments being used around HBV — to give them a quick evaluation to see how well they work against the kind of experiences that came up in the case-file study, and just the rest of the general stuff I know. Read more

HBV and risk management

I was invited to present at a side-panel being held at the fifty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women taking place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 4 to 15 March 2013 by a Canadian team featuring Aruna Papp amongst others.
The time and the notice were rather short, and I decided that since the rest of the speakers would be speaking as representatives of NGOs, it would be a good time to sound like as much like a criminologist as I could, and talk not just about how we can draw on differences between kinds of violence, but to suggest an applying an integrative risk management approach, which would both allow non-specialists to gauge risk more accurately, and hopefully reduce some of the ‘it’s their culture’ attitude. Specialist NGOs are very good at detecting risk, but this is often through years of experience, and the kind of intimate knowledge that comes with growing up with the concepts. I’m arguing that we need to develop risk models that take in the particularities of HBV, which build on this expertise, but also that to collect and analyse much more data to test and develop these on a more empirical basis.

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Still human

Women Seeking Sanctuary Advocacy Group Wales receiving the Emma Humphreys Award.

I have spent the last few weeks working on a report which looks into the problems that asylum-seeking, refugee and migrant women encounter when they are experiencing violence. All women in violent relationships face barriers to exit: they may be financially dependent, they may be psychologically beaten down by continued abuse, they may be worried about the reaction when they leave. But for a minoritised non-citizen, there are many more barriers, and many of these relate to their legal status, and the Kafkaesqu bureaucracies erected around these. Read more