AuthorVirginija Langbakk
ProfessionDirector, European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE)
A guide to risk assessment and risk management of intimate partner violence against women for police
The police play a leading role in reducing violence
against women by an intimate partner. When
women experience violence, they usually turn
to the police before any other authority for pro-
tection. Risk assessment and risk management
are two vital steps that police of ficers can t ake
to ensure the immediate and ongoing safety and
well-being of those affected by intimate partner
Protecting and suppor ting victims of intimate
partner violence against women is a priority for
the European Union. Steps have been taken across
the EU to improve responses to gender-based
violence and s trengthen prevention measures.
However, risk assessment and risk management
practices remain fragmented across EU Member
EIGE’s guidelines and recommendations offer
a common approach for use by police officers
across the EU. They build on the institutes pre-
vious work aimed at strengthening institutional
responses to intimate partner violence.
On behalf of EIGE, I would like to thank all the insti-
tutions and experts who have contributed to this
important research. I f irmly believe that our guide
will help the EU and Member States to unify their
approaches to preventing further harm to victims
and holding perpetrators accountable. We want
victims of intimate par tner violence to live without
fear, in societies that do not tolerate any kind of
gender-based violence.
Virginija Langbakk ,
Di re c to r,
European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE)

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