Violence against women is underreported – in the EU as elsewhere. Not only do women affected by violence struggle with the continuing stigmatisation in their personal environment, police officers also sometimes fall into the trap of victim-blaming. This can lead to a lack of trust in the police forces and contributes to underreporting.
The Lammy Review, chaired by David Lammy MP, was published today as an independent review of the treatment of, and outcomes for, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) individuals in the Criminal Justice System (CJS). IARS' work was recognised as part of this review with the report noting that there is great potential for criminal justice agencies to utilise a restorative justice approach to improve relationships with BAME communities.
In light of the recent deaths of black men, who lost their lives in contact with the police, the BME communities are left with distrust in the justice system in the UK. Consequently, all three men were restrained by officers, taken to a hospital, and later on died from related injuries. Furthermore, none of the officers relating to the recent incidents have been suspended .