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The impact of COVID-19 on partnerships between police and GBV service providers in remote, rural and island communities in Scotland.

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

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Abstract

Domestic abuse and violence in rural, remote and island locations tends to be underestimated and the unique experiences of women and girls from rural communities are rarely captured in domestic abuse scholarship. Moreover, rural, remote and island communities offer particular challenges around the policing of domestic abuse and around support for victims. The geographical profile of rural communities means that victims often live miles from their nearest third-sector support organisation or police station, yet face pressures where approaching the police is concerned due to the tight-knit nature of rural communities. Victims additionally face issues speaking out against domestic abuse as they are aware of the proximity they have to perpetrators and those associated with them. The challenges experienced by domestic abuse victims in rural communities were further heightened during the COVID-19 pandemic when lockdown typically led to abusers spending more time with their victim, creating further opportunities for monitoring and control of their behaviour. This study investigated the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on partnerships between the police and third-sector gender-based violence (GBV) service providers in remote, rural and island communities in Scotland. Between April and November 2022, semi-structured interviews were undertaken with police officers of different experience and ranks, including community, response, and specialist task force officers. Further interviews were undertaken with representatives from third-sector domestic abuse organisations in remote, rural and island communities in Scotland.

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PEDERSEN, S., MUELLER-HIRTH, N. and MILLER, L. 2023. The impact of COVID-19 on partnerships between police and GBV service providers in remote, rural and island communities in Scotland. Aberdeen: Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR). Hosted on OpenAIR [online]. Available from: https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/2049031

Report Type Research Report
Online Publication Date Aug 24, 2023
Publication Date Sep 1, 2023
Deposit Date Aug 24, 2023
Publicly Available Date Aug 24, 2023
Publisher Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR)
Keywords Domestic abuse; Domestic violence; Rural; Islands; Scotland; Challenges; Policing; COVID-19
Public URL https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/2049031
Related Public URLs https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/2034925 (Film)
https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/2023145 (Related journal article in Policing: a journal of policy and practice)
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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