Utilising Rapid Responsive Qualitative Research in Informing Criminal Justice Response to Domestic Abuse During Covid-19, 2021-2021


The aim of the research was also to be able to identify good practice and make policy and practice recommendations to the criminal justice system in responding to domestic abuse during the covid 19 pandemic. We deployed mixed and qualitative methods to gather an appreciation of practice responses being made by and from criminal justice professionals during 2020-21 supplemented by an analysis of publicly available secondary statistics. This publication offers a fuller picture of our approach. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/20597991211008581Domestic violence is a severe problem in the UK, but the social isolation regulations imposed in March 2020 have exacerbated dangers (“a perfect storm for controlling, violent behaviour behind closed doors”). Media coverage has intimated the likely impact of the ‘stay at home’ directive on the nature and extent of domestic abuse. Evidence suggests that this has already taken its toll on the rates of intimate partner homicide, and that the number of assaults and murders will continue to rise considerably this year. In April, the 2020 Home Affairs Committee noted that the police are currently struggling to protect the vulnerable. Several forces have innovated, introduced digital reporting, and new types of emergency responses in order to protect victims. The courts are also struggling to hold trials and sentence domestic violence offenders, and the backlog in cases is likely to mean that victims will be dissuaded from taking cases to court. This project will evaluate the efficacy of policy and practice innovations by both the police and courts to deal with the immediate crisis and explore their viability for future practice in face of ongoing service demands and the fiscal impact of such as the longer-term consequences of the global pandemic take root. The research team, which consists of experienced experts in the field, will work together with CJS partners to produce fast-delivery reports in order to facilitate shared good practice in the social-isolation period and its immediate aftermath; and explore longer-term trends which emerge in the next eighteen months

Mixed methods primarily utilising MS Teams for online interviews conducted repeatedly over time combined with documentary and publicly available statistical analyses.

DOI https://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-855422
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Creator Walklate, S, University of Liverpool; Godfrey, B, University of Liverpool
Publisher UK Data Service
Publication Year 2022
Funding Reference Economic and Social Research Council
Rights S L Walklate, University of Liverpool. B S Godfrey, University of Liverpool; The Data Collection only consists of metadata and documentation as the data could not be archived due to legal, ethical or commercial constraints. For further information, please contact the contact person for this data collection.
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Language English
Resource Type Numeric; Text
Discipline Jurisprudence; Law; Social and Behavioural Sciences
Spatial Coverage England and Wales; England and Wales