How we deal with domestic abuse

Domestic abuse is a crime that is often hidden, but Thames Valley Police is determined to bring it out into the open.

The role of the police in domestic abuse cases is to:

  • Protect the lives of both adults and children who are at risk as a result of domestic abuse.
  • Adopt a proactive approach to prevent and reduce domestic abuse.
  • Effectively investigate all reports of domestic abuse.
  • Facilitate effective action against offenders so that they can be held accountable through the Criminal Justice system.

Our response to domestic abuse reports

  • All domestic abuse incidents will be attended by a police officer.
  • All domestic abuse incidents are graded as ‘urgent’ as a minimum. This means that police officers aim to respond within at least one hour unless circumstances require a more immediate response.
  • Officers must positively intervene when called to all domestic abuse incidents. If they don't make an arrest, they must be able to justify why. This has led to a significant increase in the number of people arrested for domestic abuse-related offences. Officers are also encouraged to get as much evidence from the incident as possible.

Protecting Vulnerable People

The document below outlines the governance and accountability structures for the way Thames Valley Police manages Protecting Vulnerable People.

This includes Domestic Abuse, Child Abuse, Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults, Missing People, Serious Sexual Assaults and Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements.

View Protecting Vulnerable People - Accountability document (PDF 41 Kb - opens new window).