Guidelines for Police Training on Violence Against Women and Child Abuse

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Presents an overview of violence against women and child abuse. It covers eight specific issues:

• Gender, human rights and the law

• Police attitudes and sensitisation

• Crime prevention approaches to repeat victimisation

• Perspectives on offender profiling

• Evidence and investigation techniques

• Medical and forensic evidence and investigation procedures

• Liaison with non-police organisations

• Statistics, data collection and case management

The authors also introduce training modules on rape, other sexual offences, domestic violence, child abuse and protection as models of good practice from selected Commonwealth countries.

This book is a revision and update of the original edition which was published in 1989. The first two chapters are entirely new and have been added at the request of police officers.

The first edition was hailed by the UN Rapporteur as ‘a useful guide which is used in the Commonwealth and beyond.’




Violence against women and children is a common problem in all regions of the Commonwealth. This violence takes various forms physical, sexual and psychological. The resulting crimes, such as assault, wounding, rape, incest, homicide, are more likely to be inflicted by men known to women and children than by strangers. The most frequent offenders are men with whom women and children should have their most trusting relationshipsmembers of their family, husbands or cohabitees, fathers, brothers, uncles, grandfathers, cousins and other known adults, such as family friends and professional contacts.


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