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Domestic abuse is recognised as a widespread problem in Bournemouth and causes huge amounts of suffering. There are many overlapping issues to domestic abuse, including links to mental health, physical and learning disabilities, anti-social behaviour, homelessness, drug and alcohol misuse and safeguarding. Our aim is to achieve zero tolerance of domestic abuse, increase reporting and reduce the impact of these issues.
Our strategy| sets out our priorities and action plan for the next three years. Our Priorities include:
Domestic abuse is defined as:
“any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults, aged 16 or over, who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender and sexuality” (family members are defined as mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister and grandparents, whether directly related, in-laws or step-family).
ACPO/Home Office 2008
Domestic abuse is best understood as a pattern of behaviour designed to achieve power and control rather then a single incident or even a series of incidents.
Domestic Abuse is a significant local issue with up to 20,900 women and 13,270 men in Bournemouth experiencing domestic abuse in their lifetime.
The work that aims to tackle Domestic Abuse is delivered through the Bournemouth and Poole Domestic Violence Strategy group. A multi-agency partnership group that meets 4 times a year. The group has senior officers from the councils, health services, police as well as other agencies.
Although Domestic Violence incidents have been reducing in Bournemouth, the number of teenage domestic abuse incidents is a growing area nationally.
The Home Office have a new series of hard hitting TV adverts| as part of the This is Abuse campaign to raise awareness and challenge abusive behaviour in teen relationships.
Bournemouth Women’s Refuge 01202 547755
Poole Women’s Refuge 01202 748488
Bournemouth Domestic Violence Outreach Project 01202 209456
Poole Domestic Violence Outreach Project 01202 710777
Butterfly Foundation| 01202 463016
Citizen Advice Bureau| 01202 290967
Rape Crisis| 01202 547755
Relate| (Bournemouth & Poole) 01202 311231
Victim Support| 0845 38 99 528
Forced Marriages Unit| 0207 008151
Women’s Aid/Refuge| 24hr Helpline 0808 2000247
Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Victims
Broken Rainbow| 0300 999 5428 or 08452 60 44 60
Mon 14.00-20.00; Wed 10.00-13.00; Thurs 14.00-20.00
Support for Male Victims
Respect| 0808 801 0327
Help for the Perpetrator
Respect| 0845 1228609
Support for Young People
This is Abuse|
MARACs deal with the domestic violence victims identified as being at highest risk of serious harm.
The risk assessment process, MARAC procedures (including referral) and standards for operating MARAC meetings have been developed by Coordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse (CAADA) which is a national organisation supported by the Home Office.
Issues relating to children such as conflict over child contact, pregnancy and perception of harm to children are key indicators of risk in the CAADA risk assessment process. Thus a substantial number of victims who become MARAC cases have children (although many do not).
There are MARACs for Bournemouth, Dorset County and Poole. These meet every three weeks and are currently chaired by the Police. Agencies including children's and adults services, health, mental health, probation, local authority housing departments, drug and alcohol services, Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) and specialist domestic violence service providers such as refuges and outreach projects all attend.
The MARAC is victim focussed and information is shared on victims identified as being at highest risk of harm.
The responsibility to take appropriate action rests with the individual agencies - the MARAC is the process through which information is shared. Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs) will represent the victim at the MARAC if the victim chooses to engage with the service. IDVA services are currently provided by Bournemouth Churches Housing Association (BCHA). The MARAC flowchart shows the stages in the MARAC process.
Any agency can refer a victim's case to the MARAC by following the procedure below:
If, on completion of the risk indicator checklist, the case does not meet the MARAC threshold consider other support you may need to give the victim and signpost to other specialist services available locally and nationally.
CAADA is a national charity which aims to create a consistent, professional and effective response to high risk survivors of domestic violence. CAADA achieves this through the creation of a strong infrastructure for the domestic violence advocacy sector and other domestic violence professionals generally.
CAADA has produced a very good toolkit| which contains more detailed information on the MARAC.
For more information please visit the CAADA website|.
A scheme allowing police to disclose to individuals details of their partners’ abusive pasts will be extended to police forces across England and Wales from March 2014, Home Secretary Theresa May has announced.
It follows a 14-month pilot four police force areas, which provided more than 100 people with potentially life-saving information.
Home Secretary Theresa May said:
This is one of a raft of measures this government has introduced to keep women and girls safe. The systems in place are working better but there are still too many cases where vulnerable people are let down.
Every request under Clare’s Law is thoroughly checked by a panel made up of police, probation services and other agencies to ensure information is only passed on where it is lawful, proportionate and necessary. Trained police officers and advisers are then on hand to support victims through the difficult and sometimes dangerous transitional period.
Domestic violence disclosure scheme pilot assessment|
This report provides an overview of the domestic violence disclosure scheme process, the aims and approaches of the pilot, important findings and recommendations.
Domestic violence protection orders and domestic violence disclosure scheme| (25/11/13)
The government has announced the national extension of Domestic Violence Protection Orders from March 2014, which will provide further protection to vulnerable victims.
Practice resources for professionals working to protect young people from abusive relationships|
Domestic abuse is usually thought of as something that happens to adults, but younger teenagers and pre-teens may also experience abuse at the hands of boyfriends and girlfriends.
The NSPCC and the ATL carried out a survey to examine the confidence, knowledge and needs of education professionals in addressing abuse in young people's relationships.
As a result of the findings, a number of resources have been produced to support young people and education professionals in responding to relationship abuse.
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