CEPOL issues training needs analysis on the impact of COVID-19 on Domestic Violence

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05 August 2020

The EU Agency for Law Enforcement Training has published a report on the impact of COVID-19 on crime patterns, operations and training needs in the area of domestic violence.

Outcomes of this analysis will be used to develop specific training products on domestic violence for law enforcement officials across Europe.

This report follows through the analysis addressing the impact of COVID-19 on law enforcement training needs issued by CEPOL last July, which signalled a substantial increase in domestic violence cases as a consequence of the pandemic. To get better insights to the specifics of these cases and to explore how law enforcement officials should be prepared to addressing them, CEPOL launched in July a specific assessment exercise on the impact of COVID-19 on domestic violence.

To carry out this report, CEPOL has consulted operational actors in EU Member States and experts from the IMPRODOVA project, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE).

With a response rate to the survey of 81% percent, the report concludes that there is high need for training of law enforcement on how to address domestic violence cases independently of COVID-19. The research suggests that the widespread nature of domestic violence and the gaps in knowledge skills and competencies of law enforcement in this topic call for EU-level intervention in terms of training.

Interestingly, in most of responding Member States (72%), the trends show that COVID-19 had an impact on crime patterns in domestic violence, although those have emerged in different ways across countries.

The report identifies as possible training needs those connecting to safety measures applied when contacting people, be it an entry to a house, an interrogation, or an interview; alternative ways of getting into contact with and help victims applying new technologies; conducting interviews, interrogations via digital tools; and psychological impact of quarantine.

The report is available on the Education and Training section of CEPOL's website under the OTNA section and can also be downloaded here below.



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