Refuge responds to the HMIC report revealing allegations of police abuse of power for sexual gain

8 December 2016

Today, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) published a report revealing that hundreds of police officers are being accused of sexually abusing victims and suspects, in what a senior police watchdog has called “the most serious corruption issue facing the service.”

Commenting on the findings in The Guardian, Sandra Horley CBE, chief executive of Refuge, said:

“Widespread reports of police officers exploiting women for sexual gain, often with impunity, are horrific – but unsurprising. Refuge is glad HMIC’s report has shone a light on this issue, following a consultation with domestic violence practitioners including our frontline staff.

“The police are meant to protect the public from harm; how can women be expected to report their abuse, if they fear the police will abuse them all over again? Women have the right to safety and protection. Refuge commends the work HMIC has already done in improving the police response to domestic violence; we hope this report will mean an end to what is an appalling abuse of power.”