Behind Closed Doors

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Behind Closed Doors

Over the last year, Thames Valley Police have been working closely with a television production company called True Vision to make a programme called Behind Closed Doors about domestic abuse.

We gave the programme makers unprecedented access to the TVP Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit and the victims they are working with. Behind Closed Doors gives a full insight into the most common violent crime to take place in the home.

The programme will be shown on BBC ONE at 9pm on Monday 14 March.

Shot over 12 months, and starting from the moment a 999 call is received, the film follows three women, who share their experience to help the wider public gain an understanding of domestic abuse.

Linked to the programme there will be an online question and answer session after transmission at 10pm. This is an opportunity for members of the community to put questions to officers about issues raised and their work in this area. Look at our website to see how to take part.

Domestic Abuse Investigation Team

Domestic abuse is a serious problem. The Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit is a team of specialist officers based across the Thames Valley who investigate domestic abuse and work to keep victims safe.

We have staff who are specially trained to support victims and their families throughout a case. Domestic abuse can be physical, emotional, financial or mental abuse by one person over another with whom there is, or has been, a relationship. It can involve partners, ex-partners and also family members.

To report domestic abuse please call police via 101. If it is an emergency please call 999. All reports are fully investigated with the protection of the victim being the priority. As well as support from the team of officers there are also a number of voluntary organisations that provide help and advice to victims of domestic abuse.

The extent and nature of domestic abuse remains shocking. Domestic abuse causes both serious harm and constitutes a considerable proportion of overall crime. Nationally seventy seven women were killed by their partners or ex-partners in 2012/13. In the UK, one in four of young people, aged 10 to 24, reported that they experienced domestic violence and abuse during their childhood. Nationally domestic abuse constitutes around eight to ten percent of all recorded crime and about one third of recorded assaults with injury. Nationally on average the police receive an emergency call relating to domestic abuse every 30 seconds. It costs society an estimated £15.7 billion a year.

Chat to the team

We held an online discussion about domestic abuse and the show Behind Closed Doors on Monday (14/3).

The web chat enabled the public to speak directly to Supt Colin Paine, head of Protecting Vulnerable People and Det Con Sam Hunter from Domestic Abuse Investigation unit based in Banbury. Members of the public spoke to the team from Behind Closed Doors and asked questions about domestic abuse and the show.

You can see the log of our online discussion now on our Cover It Live web page

Meet the team

  • Det Supt Colin Paine Detective Superintendent Colin Paine, Head of Protecting Vulnerable People
  • Picture of Joe Kidman Detective Superintendent Joe Kidman, Head of Crime and Protecting Vulnerable People Strategy
  • Picture of Penny McKenzie Detective Inspector Penny MacKenzie, Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit
  • picture of Julia Jacobs Detective Constable Julia Jacobs, Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit
  • Pictures of Larry Johnson Detective Inspector Larry Johnston, Domstic Abuse Investigation Unit
  • Picture of Sam Hunter Detective Constable Sam Hunter, Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit

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