On the 11th April 20 the Home Office launched a new public awareness campaign highlighting that if anyone is at risk of, or experiencing domestic abuse, help is still available.
The campaign, under the hashtag #YouAreNotAlone, will aim to reassure those affected by domestic abuse that support services remain available during this difficult time.
The Government tweet https://twitter.com/ukhomeoffice provides a short animated slide with the following message contained – At home shouldn’t mean at risk.
If you or someone you know is suffering from #DomesticAbuse, isolation rules do not apply. Police response & support services remain available.
Find support at http://gov.uk/domestic-abuse or call 999 if you are in immediate danger. #YouAreNotAlone.
The cross government of domestic violence and abuse is as follows:
“Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:
Controlling behaviour is: a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.
Coercive behaviour is: an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.”
The Serious Crime Act 2015 created a new offence of controlling or coercive behaviour in intimate or familial relationships. Controlling or coercive behaviour does not relate to a single incident, it is a purposeful pattern of behaviour which takes place over time in order for one individual to exert power, control or coercion over another. Such behaviours might include:
- Isolating a person from their friends and family;
- Depriving them of their basic needs;
- Monitoring their time;
- Monitoring a person via online communication tools or using spyware;
- Taking control over aspects of their everyday life, such as where they can go, who they can see, what to wear and when they can sleep;
- Depriving them of access to support services, such as specialist support or medical services;
- Repeatedly putting them down such as telling them they are worthless;
- Enforcing rules and activity which humiliate, degrade or dehumanise the victim;
- Forcing the victim to take part in criminal activity such as shoplifting, neglect or abuse of children to encourage self-blame and prevent disclosure to authorities;
- Financial abuse including control of finances, such as only allowing a person a punitive allowance;
- Threats to hurt or kill;
- Threats to a child;
- Threats to reveal or publish private information (e.g. threatening to ‘out’ someone);
- Criminal damage (such as destruction of household goods);
- Preventing a person from having access to transport or from working.
Professionals should be able to recognise all forms of domestic violence and abuse, including coercive and controlling behaviour; they should know how to respond sensitively, without escalating risks for victims.
The definition includes So called ‘Honour’ Based Violence Procedure, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Procedure and Forced Marriage. Victims of domestic violence and abuse are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.
Although the cross-government definition above applies to those aged 16 and over, Adolescent to parent violence and abuse APVA) can also involve children under 16.
Domestic abuse has a major impact on children, young people, adults and communities in Kirklees. Children are present in a third of local domestic abuse incidents and girls aged between 16 and 19 years are increasingly at risk. Domestic abuse affects people from all communities and backgrounds and victims are often affected by other complex issues such as poverty, mental ill health, alcohol and drug misuse and poor parenting.
Domestic abuse is a priority for Safer Kirklees and has been identified as a key theme in the Safer Kirklees Partnership Plan. Local partners have adopted an integrated approach to implementing strategies to address domestic abuse and linked areas of work around forced marriage, child sexual exploitation and human trafficking.
- Pennine Domestic Violence Group – Guide to Services
- Kirklees Better Outcomes Partnership
- Kirklees Council Domestic Abuse Webpage
- Domestic Violence Notifications to Schools – Operation Encompass
- One Minute Guide – Domestic Abuse Services
- New Affordable Legal Services for all victims and survivors of Domestic Abuse who are not eligible for legal aid
- Domestic Abuse Strategy 2019-21
- Domestic Abuse Strategy Partnership Terms of Reference
- Kirklees Joint Agency Protocol for Domestic Violence and Abuse – School Notifications
- Kirklees Safeguarding Adults Board Domestic Abuse Factsheet
- Daily Risk Assessment Management Meeting (DRAMM) and Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)
- Family Court Proceedings and the Impact of Domestic Violence
- Domestic Abuse – An Easy Read Guide
- Domestic Abuse – British Sign Language
- Violence Against Women and Girls – National Statement of Expectations
- Stalking Protocol
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