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UK police overwhelmed by domestic abuse

According to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) the recorded cases rose 31% between 2013 and 2015 adding this had led to "excessive" workloads and affected the quality and speed of investigations in some forces.

Meanwhile, a separate HMIC report found that 31 out of 43 forces must improve their protection of vulnerable people.

The report notes the "enormous" number of people affected by domestic abuse - with 900,000 calls to police in England and Wales in the 12 months to March 2015.

Violent, physical, sexual, psychological or emotional abuse - including threats and intimidation - in your home or elsewhere by your current or former partner, or any other adult family member each amounts to domestic abuse. It can also include financial abuse, such as a partner controlling your use of money or running up debts in your name. Men and women can both be perpetrators and victims of domestic abuse, and victims are encouraged to call the police.

In 2012 the government extended the definition of domestic violence so that young people aged 16 and 17 would be included. Wording to cover coercive control was also introduced.

 In its separate report on protection of vulnerable people, HMIC graded all 43 forces in England and Wales, rating 12 "good", 27 "requires improvement" and four "inadequate". No force was rated "outstanding".

Forces use different definitions of "vulnerable", but criteria can include age, disability and being a victim of repeated offences.

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