I have been with Leicestershire Police for ten years and have been part of the force’s Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit (DAIU) for over two and a half years.

I had wanted to join the police for a number of years however my first application was unsuccessful. I didn’t let it deter me, I applied again in late 2008 and was accepted early 2009. This was some of the best news I’ve ever been received.

I’ve not let my enthusiasm leave me from day one, I still come into work with the belief that I can, and do, make a difference to people’s lives. On a daily basis I deal with a wide spectrum of offences including assaults, theft, burglary, stalking, false imprisonment and occasionally attempted murder.

The dynamics of an abusive relationship are vast and complex. It’s easy to assume that victims should just leave their partner but it’s not as simple as that, not when they are within the relationship and are struggling to see a way out. They may still love their partner, be beholden to them or live in complete fear of them, they may also fear what life would be like without them around.

Studies have shown that around 38 domestic incidents go unreported before first contact is made with police. It’s a complicated cycle to be broken and each domestic incident has its own dynamics and influencing factors which may affect an investigation and a positive outcome for the victim.

I care about and want to help vulnerable people who can’t always protect themselves. Sometimes we’re required to help people make positive decisions, how to remove themselves from the situation they’re in or help in removing a toxic person from their life.

The cases I work on are complex, but they are also people’s lives. They need my help and it’s my job to provide that to them.

For anyone who wants to join the police, I recommend speaking to your local beat officers, consider becoming a police volunteer or even a special constable to obtain that extra bit of insight to what the role will include and don’t be afraid to ask questions, as that is what being a police officer is all about, asking the questions no one else wants to.