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Partnerships between police and GBV service providers in remote, rural and island communities in northern Scotland before and during COVID-19.

Pedersen, Sarah; Mueller-Hirth, Natascha; Miller, Leia

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Abstract

COVID-19 exacerbated challenges that already existed in the policing of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in remote and rural northern Scotland. Victims' direct access to the police and third-sector organisations was impeded by social distancing while the pandemic exacerbated extant issues relating to staffing, particularly in relation to female police officers. On the positive side, the flexibility that already characterised rural and remote policing continued, and police officers and third-sector organisations worked together to support victims. The move to videoconferencing was hailed as a positive move in an area where travel to meetings or court can be difficult and expensive. A lack of training for officers with no specific GBV role was identified as particularly problematic during the pandemic when officers on the ground in rural and remote Scotland had to take over work usually undertaken by specialist task forces.

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PEDERSEN, S., MUELLER-HIRTH, N. and MILLER, L. 2023. Partnerships between police and GBV service providers in remote, rural and island communities in northern Scotland before and during COVID-19. Policing [online], 17, pages 1-12. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1093/police/paad045

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 19, 2023
Online Publication Date Jul 28, 2023
Publication Date Dec 31, 2023
Deposit Date Jul 24, 2023
Publicly Available Date Jul 24, 2023
Journal Policing: a journal of policy and practice
Print ISSN 1752-4512
Electronic ISSN 1752-4520
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
Pages 1-12
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/police/paad045
Keywords COVID-19; Gender-based violence (GBV); Police; Victims; Scotland; Remote; Rural
Public URL https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/2023145
Related Public URLs https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/2034925 (Video of project)
https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/2049031 (Project report)
https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/1357852 (Conference webinar)
https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/1866788 (Related journal article in Island Studies Journal)
https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/1346357 (Related report)

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