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Best practices in liaising between the police and social services in confronting incidents of domestic violence

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Sevaste Chatzifotiou, Eleni Fotou, Ignatios Moisides
Sevaste Chatzifotiou, Eleni Fotou, Ignatios Moisides

Abstract


The police are often the first port of call for victims of domestic abuse who decide to officially report the violence they are subjected to. In Greece, however, the role of the police in confronting such incidents is not fully appreciated by the public. This leads to a lower number of reported cases than anticipated. This paper aims to demonstrate the role of police officers in confronting incidents of domestic violence, in particular with respect to the training and efficiency displayed in practice. As victims of domestic violence frequently require the assistance of social services, effective liaising between victims and the police is necessary for an effective response in such cases. The present study demonstrates how existing channels of liaising between the police and social services in the prefecture of Kavala in Northern Greece may provide us with a model of best practice.

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Domestic violence; police; social services

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