Response to domestic abuse privacy breach by Greater Manchester Police

11th August 2016

"Survivors coming forward to share their stories and insight is invaluable. The police, local services and the sector as a whole can only improve their response if we listen to those who have experienced domestic abuse. It is courageous and commendable that so many are prepared to talk about such intimate and horrifying experiences - their bravery helps the victims of today and tomorrow become safe sooner. We need frontline police officers to understand the reality of control and abuse, not simply an outdated caricature.

"We therefore must ensure we protect those who do come forward and adhere to their wishes. It is clear from the story today that a woman was let down horribly - leading to deep and lasting psychological distress and potential increased risk to her safety. Professional, accredited and high quality training will help reduce the chance of mistakes happening in the future. The implications of such mistakes are too grave. The police and the sector have made huge improvements in recent years, however - it is clear that there is still a great deal of work to do."

Notes to editors

For more information, please contact Penny East, Head of Communications at SafeLives, on 07818 593 562 or by emailing penny.east@safelives.org.uk.

About SafeLives

SafeLives is a national charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse, for good. We combine data, research, and insight from services and survivors to find out what really works to make people safe. SafeLives wants support for people to be early, effective and consistent – wherever you live, whoever you are.