UK Police Swapping Out Domestic Violence Victims' Sharp Knives With Dull Ones

Nottinghamshire police hope that handing out "no point" knives to homes with histories of stabbings will reduce crime.

Nottinghamshire, England, UK – Nottinghamshire police are replacing regular knives with blunt-ended knives that cannot easily be used to stab people in homes that have a history of domestic violence.

“We do see a fair amount of knife-related incidents in domestic abuse, not just on the streets,” Nottinghamshire Police Superintendent Matt McFarlane told the Independent.

Superintendent McFarlane is overseeing the “no point” knife pilot program.

“This is a measure we need to take. We want to reduce that risk,” the superintendent explained. “It is a trial. We have about 100 of them – and we have so far given out about 50. The knife is blunt at the end – but still functions as a knife – so you can’t stab someone.”

The measure is an attempt to reduce the number of domestic violence stabbings in “appropriate high-risk domestic situations.”

The knives will be distributed to homes “where a knife had been used or the victim had been threatened on a previous occasion,” the Independent reported.

“People will stay in a relationship after some serious episodes of domestic abuse. They may stay together for children, get back together, or might get back together when they are out of prison,” Superintendent McFarlane said.

More than 17 percent of incidents reported to the police in Nottinghamshire involved domestic violence knife crime, the Independent reported.

During 2018 and 2019, 159 out of 900 reported knife crimes were incidences of domestic violence.

British women’s advocates are calling the blunt knife pilot program the “wrong approach” for domestic violence, the Independent reported.

“If the people who are being given blunt knives are identified as being at risk of serious harm, then that is what the police and other agencies should be acting on, rather than just putting a blunt knife in their drawer,” Charlotte Kneer, the head of battered women’s shelter in Surrey, told the Independent.

“It seems like a strange – although well-intentioned – approach and I do not support it. It does not go anywhere near far enough,” Kneer said.

The domestic violence survivor said the idea of removing sharp knives from a home with a history of domestic violence is short sighted.

“If a victim is seriously harmed or murdered with another instrument after you give them a blunt knife then the police will have serious questions to answer given they had identified the victim as being at risk,” Kneer said. “If someone is grabbing knives out of kitchen drawers then they are a homicide threat. If there is not a knife handy in the drawer, they will do something else. They could grab a rolling pin.”

Superintendent McFarlane reinforced the fact that the effort is only in its infancy, the Nottingham Post reported.

"We are trialling [sic] it to see if it makes a difference. Sometimes you have to trial things to see if they work. Anything that stops someone being seriously injured is a good idea," the superintendent said.

Comments (29)
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ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

As if these knives couldn't be sharpened to a point ... look at what prisoners do to make shivs while behind bars.

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

That should work 🙄

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

golly........whittle down a chopstick, pencil, yardstick, etc, etc. If someone wants to kill someone they will find a way........hey, how about a rock? Lots of those around. Nice try......

71-13
71-13

The Brits are so dumb.

BGenie
BGenie

Ok, so instead of stabbing they slash. This is 100% dumb.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Well, a lot of thought went into this decision. Probably spent months behind closed doors hashing this one out. I hear the next step is to remove all rocks from outside the homes of the offenders.

T Rex
T Rex

They didn't do near research on knife sharpening !

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

Next, they will require arm, leg and teeth removal so offenders can't kick, punch or chew their victims.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

I bet they also start removing pens or pencils from schools and homes too. Back to chalk!

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Let us apply some booger logic 1- Find out how sold the knife. 2- Find out who carelessly left knife where perp could lay his hands on it. Don't you people have a knife safe!!!!

cspcapt
cspcapt

Is this a joke?

RPG156
RPG156

This story wins the Stupid AF Award for the day...

BuddyA
BuddyA

So what good does this do? You don't need a point on the knife to cut someones throat and the end result is the same.

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

I just double-checked my calendar. It is NOT April 1st.

Danimal9752
Danimal9752

"Nottinghamshire police hope that handing out "no point" knives to homes with histories of stabbings will reduce crime."

Wouldn't the proper response be to......I dunno......put the person who did the stabbing in prison? Just a thought......

walkintall
walkintall

When pointy things are outlawed.......

hampshire
hampshire

“The stupid is strong in this one” Point of entry just tad wider 😜

magnumforc
magnumforc

Gawd...next give low velocity flat nose bullets to people with guns...oh wait..we already have those. Fuggetaboutit.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Well that should work just tickety boo. Time for some tea and crumpets mate.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

This is the dumbest thing I have ever heard, not only can you still cut, a person could still punch that blunt knife right through someone.

NoBackupNearby
NoBackupNearby

Soooo, where's the point in this?

Cops kid
Cops kid

Is this for real?

Do-The-Job-Rite
Do-The-Job-Rite

Now this is how you police a community. US cops need to take notes.

militans Deo
militans Deo

Hey Superintendent, I bet your life that I could still stab the absolute shit out of you with one of those.