Backlash after blunt knives given to domestic abuse victims


By Sanya Burgess, news reporter

Kitchen knives in the homes of domestic violence victims will be replaced with blunt knives in a bid to protect them from attacks, as part of a police trial.

Around 100 "no point" knives will be given to victims who have been threatened or attacked with a knife as part of a small pilot scheme being run by Nottinghamshire Police.

The idea has been roundly criticised, with Dr Jessica Eaton, the founder of Victim Focus, labelling those behind the project "morons".

The police force have so far given out around half of the 100 adapted knives, which has a blunted tip but is still usable for chopping.

Superintendent Matt McFarlane, the new knife crime strategy manager for Nottinghamshire Police, said the aim was to reduce the risk of knife-related incidents in domestic abuse, not just on the streets.


Image: The tips of the knives are blunted. Pic: Nottinghamshire Police

Responding to the criticism, he said: "This is a very small scale trial, which we will assess at the end of the year. It is only one small part of the whole range of what is done to safeguard and protect domestic abuse survivors."

Dr Eaton, an expert in abuse between individuals and victim blaming, wrote on Twitter: "I feel like we are getting dumber and dumber around domestic violence.

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"So you gonna leave her in the situation but nip round to provide the offender with some blunt knives?

"IN DV [domestic violence], ANYTHING IS A WEAPON, YOU MORONS."

She added, directly addressing Nottinghamshire Police, "If shes at high enough risk that youre gonna go around to her house and give her blunt utensils – shes at high enough risk for you to DO SOMETHING TO PROTECT HER FROM THE OFFENDER."

Refuge, a women's charity, released a statement on Twitter saying: "It's vital that police arrest perpetrators of #domesticabuse; reports to the police are increasing, yet the arrest rate has fallen. We accept that this is a pilot, but alone this will not keep survivors safe. Police need to do much more to protect women.

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