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Domestic Violence


Developing Domestic Violence Strategies - A Guide for Partnerships

One in four women and one in six men will be affected by domestic violence in their lifetimes, with women suffering higher rates of repeat victimisation and serious injury. The total cost to society is an estimated �23billion a year in England and Wales. All the responsible authorities that sit on Partnerships will all have a part to play in supporting victims or bringing perpetrators to justice. This guidance is designed to help them develop their own strategies to tackle, monitor and evaluate domestic violence in their area following local audits earlier this year.

Title: Developing Domestic Violence Strategies - A Guide for Partnerships
Author: Home Office Violent Crime Unit
Number of pages: 41
Date published: December 2004
Availability: Download full report Word 218Kb


The guidance looks at the wide range of partners who should be involved in both the development and delivery of strategies. This obviously includes those from the statutory and voluntary sectors, which already deliver a wide range of services to victims. Organisations will include Primary Care Trusts/Health Boards, Criminal Justice Boards, Safeguarding Children Boards and voluntary organisations. Partnerships should also, however, look creatively at how the private sector can contribute, particularly around awareness raising, as part of their work in the community.

Bringing together these organisations and partnerships, domestic violence can be tackled more effectively. Having a number of organisations involved could make funding easier to obtain, too. The guidance also provides pointers to agreeing a common definition of domestic violence, essential to collecting data for evidence-based development, and appropriate information sharing.

The guidance gives many examples of good practice, grouped under three broad headings around which Government has developed its own strategic framework:

  • Prevention and Early Intervention looks at changing attitudes, particularly those of young people, and looks at ensuring victims receive the information they need to improve their safety. This might be through agencies such as health services, which see the injuries resulting from domestic violence, or through public awareness raising. It is here that businesses, sports clubs and trades (like locksmiths) can make the biggest impact both as employers and when dealing with their customers. It also looks at programmes for perpetrators, both convicted and non-convicted and where to go for further information.

  • Protection and Justice focuses on the role of criminal justice agencies such as the police and courts, and at how partnerships and local Criminal Justice Boards, can work more closely.

  • Support for Victims sets out how local agencies, partnerships and organisations may already be supporting victims and their children. It offers ideas for increasing and improving service provision, most notably perhaps through the development of advocacy services. It also flags up where links should be made to work around sexual assault and alcohol and drug treatment, which both have close ties to domestic violence.

Finally, the guidance looks at the foundations of any successful strategy, with specific reference to domestic violence. It suggests how partners might be co-ordinated, looks at potential sources of funding, and considers issues around the setting of domestic violence aims and indicators. It covers the question of collecting data on domestic violence, something, which can be challenging given the still hidden nature of the crime.

The Appendices give a checklist to help Partnerships develop successful strategies to tackle domestic violence and suggestions for further support and guidance.

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Last update:  09 December 2004