Police officers accused of abusing partners cleared in nearly all cases as 468 probed

Police officer Wayne Couzens admitted the murder of stranger Sarah Everard after he kidnapped her off the street (Image: SWNS)

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Police officers accused of abusing wives or girlfriends are being cleared in almost every case.

Figures show some 468 officers in the past three years have faced internal probes over “domestics”.

Only 36, almost 8%, were disciplined and just 16 of them lost their jobs – under 4% of those accused.

Campaigners fear a “locker room culture” protects abusers in police ranks.

Our figures were released by forces in England and Wales under the Freedom of Information Act.

They come a year after the Centre for Women’s Justice charity submitted a “super complaint” to watchdogs about how police forces handle domestic violence.

It revealed it has been contacted by more than 150 women since 2019 to say they had been raped, beaten or coerced by their police officer partners.

The Met had the most suspected of domestic abuse, with 259 allegations. It found only 14 claims had a “case to answer”.

Three officers were sacked, a fourth quit and 59 cases remain outstanding.

Kent had 29 accused. One officer was fired, two received disciplinary sanction, 21 cases were thrown out and five have still to be resolved.

There were 24 cases in Merseyside. One officer received a written warning while 23 were “no further action” or “no case to answer”.

The CWJ claims forces fail to fully investigate cases, that suspects use knowledge of the system to intimidate victims – and some women were told they would not be believed.

CWJ solicitor Nogah Ofer said more women contacted the charity about abuse by police partners after the abduction and killing of South Londoner Sarah Everard, 33, in March.

On Friday at the Old Bailey Met firearms officer Wayne Couzens, 48, admitted
murdering the marketing ­executive. He previously admitted her rape and kidnap.

Campaigners want a shake-up to ensure officers from the same force cannot be allowed to investigate domestic allegations.

Louisa Rolfe, domestic abuse lead for the National Police Chiefs’ Council, said “We will investigate incidents of domestic abuse and take robust action where necessary.

"Officers will face criminal investigation and be dealt with directly based upon evidence presented. Nobody is above the law.”

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