Global Collaboration on Family Violence in the context of COVID-19

A world first collaboration of SEBP’s has seen police officers and staff, researchers and supporters of Evidence Based Policing from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, America and Canada come together to look at policing challenges that impact across the globe. More now than ever before, policing needs to be evidence based, and to make strategic policy and operational decisions that are informed and underpinned by the best available evidence.


The aim of this collaboration is to share a selection of robust evidence that informs a conversation across countries on the impact of crime and social issues of the day. In this first collaboration we looked at family harm in the context of Covid-19. During a one hour video-call, we talked about what is happening across different jurisdictions, the biggest changes in police practice in the family harm space as a result of Covid-19 and what police might consider taking from the evidence base to inform strategy in a post Covid-19 environment.


The below document was coordinated by the New Zealand Police Evidence Based Policing Centre, in partnership with The University of Queensland, Cambridge Centre for Evidence Based Policing, KPMG, and SEBP’s from the UK, ANZ and America, supported by the Research Advisory Committee for the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. We hope that this document, and the accompanying podcast and video, fuel conversations in Police jurisdictions across the commonwealth on how we best protect those impacted by family harm.

Below you can watch the trailer for the video, watch the full video, listen to it as a podcast, and download the evidence summary the group have made available to share with you.
















Metropolitan Police Commander, OBE, MSt (Cantab), Chair of the first Society of Evidence Based Policing (UK)

Alex Muray OBE, MSt (Cantab)

Victoria Police (Australia), President of the Australia / New Zealand Society of Evidence Based Policing

David Cowan, MSt (Cantab)

Former police officer (USA), President of the American Society of Evidence Based Policing

Reneé Mitchell, PhD

Edmonton Police (Canada) Responsibility for Research and Community Solutions, Research Advisory Committee Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police

Dan Jones, Inspector

Acting Director, NZ Police EBP Centre; Secretary, ANZ SEBP

Simon Williams, MSt (Cantab)

Family Violence Command, Victoria Police (Australia)

Dean McWhirter, Assistant Commissioner

National Lead for Family Violence and Safer Whahau (Families)

Natasha Allen, Acting/Superintendent, Inspector, New Zealand Police

National responsibility for Domestic Abuse

Louisa Rolfe, Deputy Chief Constable West Midlands Police (UK)

Research Manager at the Serious & Organised Crime Research Lab

Anthony Morgan, Australian Institute of Criminology

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