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.
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 .
With the uptick of youth in secure institutions, high rates of youth reoffending and lack of social responsibility associated with running quality custody centres, reform of the youth justice system some have tried to interject the issue into the spotlight. Of course, with Brexit and the recent election, domestic issues pertaining to youth offenders have lost attention in the public eye.
The dialogue between communities and their local police force can be wrought with tension. While there are positive stories in the news about police officers creating genuine connections with the public, enough is not yet done to make community members feel connected with their local authorities.
Youth custody centres are meant to be a safe holding for young offenders, however, a startling 2017 report found that all the observed centres in England and Wales were deemed unsafe. Peter Clark, the former Met Police head of Counter-terrorism compiled this report and came forth with concerning observations. In what Clark called a “cycle of violence”, has led to the declining safety in youth custody centres.
It’s incredible to me that I already have to say goodbye to my time here at IARS, when it feels like it just started. Through the past ten weeks, I’ve had an excellent time getting to know London better while making a positive difference in the city which has been such a gracious host. Although my time here was excellent in countless ways, but what sticks out to me most is what a real difference I made. Although I didn’t quite know what to expect with my time at IARS, I had a certain idea of what being an intern would mean: namely, that I’d be doing all the grunt work.