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Improving Frontline Responses to High Impact Domestic Violence

Project description

Uncovering the gaps in domestic violence policing

Domestic violence remains a pervasive issue despite an abundance of research and policy recommendations. The implementation of effective prevention and intervention strategies often falls short. In this context, the EU-funded IMPRODOVA project will address the gap between what is known and what is practised when it comes to combating domestic violence. Specifically, the project will investigate why domestic violence is frequently regarded as a low-priority issue and why reporting rates by victims remain low. By conducting interviews with police and observing fieldwork, the project aims to uncover the human factors that define effective response and best practice police work. The research will also extend to risk assessment parameters and the collaboration between police and medical practitioners.


In Europe and other Western societies, research findings and policy documents have unearthed an overabundance of recommendations on domestic violence. In theory, we know very well how we should prevent, detect and mitigate domestic violence. However in daily practice this is often not taken into account. Also, there is less research on the factors that escalate family and partner conflict into high impact domestic violence. IMPRODOVA will focus on the police side of the gap between what we know and what we do, but will also include the aspect of police co-operation with other first responders. Why, in practical police work, is domestic violence often regarded as a low priority problem? Why is the reporting rate by victims low? What are the human factors that define effective response and best practice police work in networks of other first line responders, e.g. health practitioners, schools, and youth services?
Police frontline responder interviews expanded by fieldwork observation data will be weighed against intermediate and top police leadership expertise collected in the partner LEA's. The influence of human factor variables in frontline operations will be investigated, and the parameters of risk assessment, also of medical practitioners, will be established and compared. Training and study materials with a special focus on scenario-based learning modules will be designed to address the barriers to better domestic violence policing. IMPRODOVA will reach out across the boundaries of first and other relevant responders by disseminating the field research findings to other professionals and representatives of domestic violence prevention and mitigation. A special focus will be laid on the media presentation of domestic violence, since media play an important role how HIDV and its victims are perceived in public. IMPROVODA will produce a set of sustainable products for training and inter-professional communication to reduce DV prevalence and re-victimization.

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Net EU contribution
€ 345 137,50
Zum Roten Berge 18-24
48165 Muenster

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Nordrhein-Westfalen Münster Münster, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 345 137,50

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