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This page contains details of the Domestic and Sexual Violence Board code of conduct.

Warning: This is archived material and may be out of date. The Metropolitan Police Authority has been replaced by the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPC).

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Domestic and Sexual Violence Board - code of conduct

The Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) Domestic and Sexual Violence Board (DSVB) has been set up to monitor, scrutinise and support the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in its performance and response to domestic and sexual violence.

The following is the code of conduct for all participants of the MPA Domestic and Sexual Violence Board. Board meetings are open to the public and Board members as well as any attendees are expected to abide by this Code. Failure to adhere to this code of conduct may result in exclusion from Board meetings.


  • To be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
  • To work in a climate free from intimidating, humiliating or hostile treatment.
  • To expect that concerns or issues raised at the Board will be treated fairly and responded to within a reasonable timescale.


  • To not discriminate on grounds of colour, race, ethnic origin, gender; age, religion, political or other opinion, disability or sexual orientation.
  • To strive to not do anything which compromises, or which is likely to compromise, the impartiality of those who work for, or on behalf of, the MPA.
  • To listen to other’s views, whilst also being able to constructively challenge.
  • To comply with the MPA’s Equal Opportunities Policy (available online).
  • To ensure that issues that are brought to the Board are in keeping with the purpose of the Board.


It is expected that the MPS and other stakeholders (e.g. local authorities; Criminal Justice System partners, etc) will submit papers to Board meetings as and when requested; a minimum of 2 months should be given to allow for the report to be drafted.

Whilst it may be appropriate for attendees to constructively criticise the contents of reports, this must not amount to a personal attack on the author. In such instances, the Chair will intervene. Should such behaviour persist, attendees may be asked to leave the meeting and be disqualified from Board attendance.

Any recommendations or actions stemming from the Board should be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-bound).

Role of the Chair(s)

  • To manage Board meetings;
  • To assist in leading discussions and debates;
  • To provide advice and give ruling on processes;
  • To broker and mediate in disputes; and
  • To ensure meetings keep to time.


  • Any complaints should be made in writing to the Secretariat to MPA Domestic and Sexual Violence Board (MPA Scrutiny & Oversight Unit) at 10 Dean Farrar Street, London, SW1H 0NY.

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