How effective are police body-worn cameras in domestic violence situations, and how can they be utilised most effectively?

Research Institution / Organisation

Nottingham Trent University

In Collaboration With

Nottinghamshire Police

Principal Researcher

Amanda Michelle McNamara

Level of Research

Masters

Project Start Date

February 2017

Research Context

Issues arise when a victim of domestic violence (DV) refuses to assist in providing evidence in the prosecution of the offender or later retracts their evidence. There are many reasons why this happens, which include fear and misguided loyalties.

The challenges would include:

  • Which officers should be provided with cameras if they are not standard issue?
  • How would the cameras be funded?
  • How do we get officers in the habit of utilising them when attending?
  • What evidence should the officers be focussing on, especially when the victim is refusing to provide their own evidence?

This researcher has personally been made aware of occasions when officers have recounted scenarios where DV victims pointedly refuse to give evidence or retract evidence during the prosecution procedure. Body-worn cameras is one potential method of securing vital on-scene evidence both visually and audibly.

This research will examine if the more widespread use of body cameras in DV situations would be effective in the majority of cases, thus leading to a greater chance of successful prosecution with or without the victim's evidence. By identifying a framework for procedure, the correct use of cameras in DV situations could become second nature to officers. In the longer term, their use should be both cost-effective to the police and fairer to victims as there could be more chance of prosecution.

Research Methodology

‚ÄčResearch methods will be mixed but with a main focus on quantitative data.

Interim reports and publications

‚ÄčNot available

Date due for completion

April 2018
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