Domestic violence: an internal memo asks the police to better monitor cases

The central director of public security (DCSP), who has authority over the police stations of France outside Paris, issued this Monday to his troops instructions to “improve the care of victims” of violence against women and the “treatment investigations ”covering it. Among the measures demanded by Jean-Marie Salanova, the “immediate census” of cases of domestic violence in their territory, according to an internal note addressed to the territorial directors of the police.

After several feminicides that have caused a stir in recent weeks, the DCSP also asks them to “absorb without delay” the stock of current cases. It is necessary “to prioritize the treatment of these cases”, he writes, including “by the reinforcement of investigators who will be diverted from their usual missionary perimeter”. The objective is to deal in “real time” and in a “systematic way” these facts whose “character is necessarily urgent”. Jean-Marie Salanova also calls for sending “without delay” complaints and handrails to the prosecution, and to mention this sending in the procedure.

Eric Dupond-Moretti had requested “an inventory”

In a circular recently sent to the courts, the Minister of Justice Eric Dupond-Moretti, for his part, requested an “inventory” of “all the files” of people convicted of domestic violence, to identify those whose “background and personality “Would make” necessary “the granting of an anti-reconciliation bracelet which has not yet been pronounced.

In another circular sent last week, he asks – again – an acceleration of the deployment of anti-rapprochement bracelets, flagship device of the Grenelle which has proven its worth in Spain. The Chancellery has 1000 bracelets but, since the launch of the device last fall, only 76 have been “prescribed” and 45 men were equipped in early May, according to the ministry.

These notes come after several feminicides where questions have arisen about the failures of the police or judicial services in particular. Two inspection missions were thus carried out by the government: one after the death on May 23 in Hayange (Moselle) of a young 22-year-old woman killed by her companion; the other on May 7, after the death of a woman, burned alive in Mérignac (Gironde) by her husband, who was serving a sentence for domestic violence (but was not wearing an anti-reconciliation bracelet). The conclusions are expected on June 10. The first conclusions of the Mérignac feminicide inspection mission had pointed to a “series of failures” of the various stakeholders (police, justice, prison administration, etc.) in monitoring the husband.

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