‘Victims’ and European policy initiatives: Symbolism or meaningful progress?

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Abstract

Kate Mott, a 35-year-old nurse, had obtained a non-molestation order against her husband Brent, 32, a month before he strangled her in January 2010. But when she called Merseyside Police, an officer told her it would be difficult for the force to act and advised her to contact her solicitor. The officer did not ask her husband’s name to add to the force’s incident log, and failed to make checks on the national database. The Independent Police Complaints Commission found that Mrs Mott’s complaint was treated as a case of ‘adults quarrelling over divorce proceedings’, and police call centre workers and officers failed to grasp the seriousness of the order (The Telegraph, 21 January 2012).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationControversies in Policy Research: Critical Analysis for a New Era of Austerity and Privation
EditorsStephanie Petrie
Place of PublicationBasingstoke Hampshire UK
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages16-35
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780230390836
ISBN (Print)9780230390829, 9781349351381
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Walklate, S. (2013). ‘Victims’ and European policy initiatives: Symbolism or meaningful progress? In S. Petrie (Ed.), Controversies in Policy Research: Critical Analysis for a New Era of Austerity and Privation (pp. 16-35). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230390836_2