Abuse within the Police Force is far more common than you would expect. An environment that encourages the sexual objectification of women and the harassment of LGBTQI individuals is a dangerous place to work.
And not enough is being done about it.
Due to the culture of the force, victims are less likely to speak out, even to their co-workers. This needs to end. Victims need to be able to speak out and have their abusers face justice.
The victims should not be left without a career because they were harassed and abused by their colleagues.
What constitutes abuse when working in the police force?
Abuse can be categorised as one of three types of abuse:
- Emotional abuse
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
Emotional abuse includes any of the following behaviours:
- Humiliation and shaming in public
- Excessive blame or scrutiny of work
- Using social media or other electronic communication to bully and humiliate
- Sending consistent threats or harmful comments
Physical abuse can be categorised by any of the following actions:
- Slapping, punching, kicking or biting
- Using an object to inflict pain or intimidate
- Spitting on or at an individual
- Purposefully breaking or damaging possessions
- Physically restraining an individual
- Driving recklessly
- Stalking and intimidating
Any of the following actions can be categorised as sexual abuse.
- Unwanted physical touch of a sexual nature including kissing and fondling
- Forced sexual intercourse
- Inappropriate sexual comments
- Filming or recording sexual interactions without consent
- Using substances to encourage or force sexual activity
- Using intimidation and threats to encourage or force sexual activity
If you have been a victim of any abuse while working in the police force, please get in touch with our team today. We would like to help.
How can Kelso’s help if I’ve been abused?
If you have been abused while working for the police force, please contact our team. We will hear your story, and advise of any next steps.
If you have a case for compensation, our team will require additional information. This may include medical or legal records. We will need your permission to access these files.
Once we have the necessary information, we will apply to the relevant police force for your compensation.
You may like to receive an apology – we can help you with this.