Wrong treatment of victims of domestic violence: Amanda's Story
- 27 Mar
This is an example of the way police fail when dealing with victims of domestic violence.
Amanda's story (not her real name):
She was supported throughout by Women's Aid, with an independent domestic violence adviser trained by Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse (Caada).
Amanda had experienced domestic abuse from her partner for a while but felt poorly treated by police officers.
According to reports by the Guardian:
"Last year, during an argument, her partner threw her across the room, smashing her against the wall and door frame and leaving her with serious injuries.
She was scared and hid in the house. Later that day the police arrived. But it was Amanda - not her partner - who was treated as the perpetrator.
The partner had called the police to claim he had been attacked by her, even though there was no physical evidence.
He also claimed she had assaulted one of their children.
When the police attended, Amanda tried to show them the injuries to her arm, which was black and blue and swelling up".
Amanda told the Guardian:
"They didn't handle it properly at all, ... They didn't know what they were doing. I was the victim and I got treated like the perpetrator when I had done nothing wrong."
Days after, Amanda went to hospital to treat her injuries, and her friends and other witnesses made numerous calls to the police asking for their statements to be taken regarding her injuries.
But the police refused, and told Amanda what had happened was "tit for tat".
She was charged with the assault of her ex-partner and her daughter despite evidence that pressure had been put upon the child to make up the allegation.
However, the case reached court, and was dismissed only after her partner had withdrawn his statement.
"It is disgusting, what happened to me, ...I would never call the police again. All they did was put me through weeks of heartache and stress.
"They never recorded my injuries; they never took a statement from my friend.
"If this happens to other women, then their partners will carry on abusing them because they will realise they will never get stopped."
Amanda's complaint to the police force concerned was rejected. She then made a complaint to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), but it recently told her it had no record of her complaint.
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