South Yorkshire Police under investigation over officers’ response to sex abuse victim

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South Yorkshire Police is being investigated after officers allegedly dissuaded a sexual offence victim from complaining about an incident which left her with a fractured skull.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating the force’s response to the woman’s complaints about her abusive ex-boyfriend in the mid-1990s.

An IPCC spokesman said: “The woman told the IPCC that the force had not properly investigated a number of allegations that she was physically and sexually assaulted by a man she had been in a relationship with.

“It is also alleged that South Yorkshire Police officers dissuaded her from pursuing a complaint about an incident that left her with a fractured skull.”

The investigation will look into the complainant’s contact with officers from South Yorkshire Police between 1995 and 1996. It will be overseen by IPCC Commissioner Kathryn Stone OBE.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said: “South Yorkshire Police received a complaint from a woman in December 2014 regarding the way the force investigated an assault allegation involving an ex-partner.

“The complaint was received via the IPCC.

“The force referred the complaint back to the IPCC who will carry out an independent investigation.

“It would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

The investigation is not linked to child sexual exploitation or Professor Alexis Jay’s independent review of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.