Constabulary's military agreement

Friday, 11 January, 2013

Hampshire Constabulary has developed a formal agreement with military
police forces in Hampshire to work together to support victims of domestic abuse.

A domestic abuse protocol document was signed by the key representatives from various forces on Thursday, November 8, 2012, at an event held in Winchester.

The Royal Navy Police, RAF Police, Royal Military Police, Ministry of Defence Police, Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley police have all been involved in developing the protocol which sets out practical working arrangements and information sharing practices to be followed when responding to domestic abuse incidents involving military families.

Representatives from all the forces have been working together for several years and the protocol is thought to be the first in the country, which establishes clear working procedures. Senior representatives from the police agencies signed the protocol document.

Hampshire Constabulary's Detective Chief Inspector Ben Snuggs said: "Domestic abuse is an issue for society as a whole. The military community is no more or no less affected by domestic abuse but families can feel that they are facing additional barriers to accessing support. It is really important that we work together to support victims and identify perpetrators. This protocol helps us to do just that."

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