If you call GMP to report Domestic Abuse, you can help us to help you by:
- Providing as much detail as possible about what has happened to you
- Making a note of the time and date and place the incident(s) took place
- Providing the names and addresses of anyone who saw/heard the abuse or whom you told about what was happening to you.
- Keeping anything that may confirm what happened to you e.g. mobile phone video or audio recording, threatening text messages or abusive mail.
What happens if I report domestic abuse to police?
Police officers will come to wherever the incident has taken place and will take whatever action is needed to make you safe.Officers will separate the parties involved so that you will have an opportunity to speak to them in confidence about what has happened and any previous incidents, without the offender being around to intimidate or threaten you.
- Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of victims, their families and any other person present
- Thorough investigation of all incidents
- Police will be wearing body worn video
- Officers will complete a risk assessment
- We will listen to the victim's wishes
- Actively pursuing offenders and bringing them to justice
- Ensuring that appropriate information and advice is provided in relation to the support available from other agencies
Taking Appropriate Action
- Officers are required to take all circumstances into consideration and will arrest offenders where appropriate to ensure the safety of you and any children involved. This will give you the time to speak to and get advice from Specialist Domestic Abuse Investigators.
- Interviewing the offender
- Charging the offender with a criminal offence. This can include a range of criminal offences such as common assault, breach of the peace, grievous bodily harm, rape, sexual assault or harassment.
- Remanding offender in custody until they appear in court.
- Applying for bail conditions in order to restrict the activity of the offender, for example, the offender could be bailed on the condition that they do not return to your home before they appear in court. If the offender breaks these conditions, they can be re-arrested.