Domestic abuse

The scale and nature of domestic abuse necessitates joint working between agencies to help those experiencing abuse and ensure that perpetrators are held to account for their actions.

 

Domestic abuse strategy document

DOMESTIC ABUSE FORUM

 

The Dudley Domestic Abuse Forum is a multi-agency partnership of statutory and voluntary organisations who are involved with or who may come into contact with those experiencing domestic abuse or violence.

 

The Forum is integral to the Dudley Domestic Abuse Strategy and is linked to Dudley Safeguarding Children Board and Vulnerable Adults Procedures.

PURPOSE OF THE FORUM

 

To support the development and operation of a comprehensive, consistent and accessible service for those experiencing or affected by domestic abuse in Dudley by:-

 

  • Supporting professional learning and expertise - Information sharing and networking
  • Providing a communication channel between service users /potential service users and strategic decision makers to enable -
  • Acting as a consultation forum

 

Through these actions the Forum members aim to contribute towards the following

‘Desired Outcomes’:

 

  • People affected by domestic abuse will recognise the signs and effects of that abuse and feel confident to report it and take action to remain safe.
  • Agencies will provide a comprehensive, consistent and joined up service to all those affected by domestic abuse offering safety, support and protection from repeat victimisation.
  • Children affected by domestic abuse are kept safe and are supported to overcome the longer term effects of the abuse

 

SUPPORT AVAILABLE FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE

INDEPENDENT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ADVISOR (IDVA'S)

IDVAs specialise in supporting those who are at high risk from domestic abuse. The aim is to provide intensive support to increase safety and advise on the options available. IDVAs work with individuals to empower them and also work on the survivors behalf as advocates with organisations such as the police, CPS, the courts, probation and other agencies.

 

Click to download the IDVAS leaflet

DIRECTORY OF SERVICES RELATING TO DOMESTIC ABUSE

The above document provides details of services for sexual abuse and domestic abuse in Dudley borough.

 

To find out more about the Directory of Services

WEST MIDLANDS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND ABUSE STANDARDS

Groups from across the public and voluntary sector in the West Midlands have come together to launch the country’s first set of standards for domestic violence and abuse services. The standards set out for the first time levels of service and support that victims from across the West Midlands should receive and can expect.

 

To find out more about the standards

or view them in full above.

RAPE AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE STRATEGIC GOVERNANCE GROUP STANDARDS

 

To find out more about the standards

or view them in full above.

COMMUNITY CHAMPION VOLUNTEERING PROJECT

The Dudley Community Champion Project was established in March 2015. The project aimed to raise awareness in the community about domestic violence and abuse, engage with the community about their experiences and involve them in service delivery and development.

 

To find out more about the Community Champion Volunteering Project

BLACK COUNTRY SEXUAL VIOLENCE SERVICE

The information sheet below provides key information about the Black Country Sexual Violence Service.

 

To find out more about Black Country Sexual Violence Service

YOUNG PEOPLE IN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS - PATHWAY

Research shows that young people in their own abusive relationships often experience a much higher severity of abuse than adult victims. Dudley has identified a specific pathway to ensure young people in abusive relationships can access the support they require.

 

To find out more about Young People in Abusive Relationships Pathway

YOUNG PEOPLE IN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS - PATHWAY

Research shows that young people in their own abusive relationships often experience a much higher severity of abuse than adult victims. Dudley has identified a specific pathway to ensure young people in abusive relationships can access the support they require.

 

To find out more about Young People in Abusive Relationships Pathway

Prevent domestic abuse

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS

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In Dudley domestic abuse is a high priority for both safe & sound and for the Domestic Abuse Forum which comprises representatives from statutory, voluntary and private sectors who work together to address domestic abuse across the borough.

 

Various initiatives are in place to help raise awareness, help victims of the abuse and bring offenders to justice.

 

Domestic violence and abuse services can be accessed through the single point of contact on

01384 455411. Cases of domestic abuse can be reported using the police non-emergency number 101 or in an emergency dial 999

 

DOMESTIC ABUSE CAMPAIGNS

 

safe & sound run a number of campaigns every year to both raise awareness of domestic abuse and encourage reporting.

Current campaigns include:

TACKLING INCIDENTS WHERE THEY OFTEN GO UNRECOGNISED

 

Our campaign titled ‘domestic abuse isn’t always obvious’ was launched to highlight abuse within communities where it often goes unrecognised, it encourages victims to recognise abuse and realise there are people who can support and help them.

 

RECOGNISING THE

SIGNS OF TEENAGE DATING ABUSE

 

The ‘cute, funny, smart? Jealous, possessive, abusive’ campaign highlights the issue of teenage dating abuse and encourages young people to spot the warning signs.

 

ENCOURAGING REPORTING OF REPEAT INCIDENTS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE

 

How many more times? once is enough was launch to encourage reporting of repeat incidents of domestic abuse and highlight the severity of possible injuries.

 

IDENTIFYING THE HIDDEN VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE

 

‘Twelve days of Christmas’ rolls out every December to highlight that children are often the hidden victims of domestic abuse and that they are present in 90 per cent of domestic abuse incidents.

 

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Community Safety

Dudley Council

Brierley Hill Police Station

Bank Street, Brierley Hill

(Please note no personal callers)

 

email: community.safety@dudley.gov.uk