Under the Radar: The Widespread Use of ‘Out of Court Resolutions’ in Policing Domestic Violence and Abuse in the United Kingdom (2017) British Journal of Criminology

(2017) British Journal of Criminology

16 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2017

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Clare McGlynn

Durham Law School, Durham University

Kelly Johnson

Durham University - School of Applied Social Sciences (SASS)

Nicole Westmarland

Durham University

Date Written: March 1, 2017

Abstract

The suitability of ‘out of court resolutions’ (restorative justice and community resolutions) in cases of domestic abuse is theoretically contentious and empirically under-researched. This study investigated the nature and extent of out of court resolutions for domestic abuse using the Freedom of Information Act. Out of court resolutions were used by every UK police force except Scotland to respond to over 5,000 domestic abuse incidents (including intimate partner abuse) in 2014. Some of these incidents related to offences with sentencing tariffs up to life imprisonment. Such widespread use has been taking place ‘under the radar’ in stark contrast to police guidance, has immediate implications for policy and practice, and fundamentally shifts the research terrain in this field.

Keywords: domestic abuse, domestic violence, restorative justice, community resolutions, policing, out of court resolutions

Suggested Citation

McGlynn, Clare M. S. and Johnson, Kelly and Westmarland, Nicole, Under the Radar: The Widespread Use of ‘Out of Court Resolutions’ in Policing Domestic Violence and Abuse in the United Kingdom (2017) British Journal of Criminology (March 1, 2017). (2017) British Journal of Criminology. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2925792 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2925792

Clare M. S. McGlynn (Contact Author)

Durham Law School, Durham University ( email )

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Kelly Johnson

Durham University - School of Applied Social Sciences (SASS) ( email )

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Durham, DH1 3HN
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Nicole Westmarland

Durham University ( email )

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Durham, Durham DH1 3HP
United Kingdom

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