Police forces are failing women and girls over the handling of police misconduct cases, including cases of domestic abuse, sexual assault and sexual harassment perpetrated by police officers. The murder of Sarah Everard by a serving Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Officer and the crimes by serial rapist police officer, David Carrick, alongside mounting cases of police-perpetrated violence against women and girls (VAWG) across police forces in England and Wales, have highlighted the deep-rooted issue of institutional sexism and misogyny in the police.
Police perpetrators of domestic abuse have the power and influence to threaten, coerce and control women and girls using their position, the system and specialist equipment and resources.
1,177 recorded cases of police perpetrated VAWG between Oct 21 - March 22
24% of police officers and staff accused of VAWG related misconduct were suspended while under investigation
4 Home Secretaries have failed to reform the police