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Domestic Abuse Action Plan

Strategic Crime Priority – Domestic Abuse, Stalking & Harassment 2020-2021

Definitions

Domestic Abuse

“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:

Psychological, physical, sexual, financial, and emotional

*This definition includes so called 'honour’ based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced

Stalking & Harassment

In cases of stalking, there is a pattern of unwanted, fixated and obsessive behaviour which is intrusive. It can include harassment that amounts to stalking or stalking that causes fear of violence or serious alarm or distress.

Stalking will often focus on a person, whereas harassment will often focus on disputes. Is there evidence to suggest that if the problem was resolved, the behaviour will stop?

 

Domestic Abuse Action Plan 2020 - 2021

Prepare

Victim:

  • All staff are appropriately trained to recognise and support victims of DA, Stalking & Harassment.
  • Ensure appropriate partnership systems and pathways are in place.
  • All staff are aware of the eight stages of DA leading to a domestic homicide.        

Offender:

  • Staff are appropriately trained and skilled to complete DA, Stalking & Harassment Investigations.
  • Utilise tools and systems that enable high harm perpetrators to be identified and managed.        

Communities:

  • Educate communities re risks posed through joint messaging with partners and SCB.
  • Prepare an internal and external communication strategy.
  • Refine our approach to DA Stalking and Harassment.      

Transformation

  • Refine our approach to intimate and non intimate partner violence recognising risk.
  • Embed the principles of family related violence.
  • Educate the potential victims of the future about appropriate relationships.

 

Prevent

Victim

  • Work in partnership to reduce re-victimisation of victims of DA, Stalking & Harassment.
  • With partner agencies provide a wraparound service to the child.
  • Develop a method of allocation of DA investigations to ensure consistency

Offender

  • Appropriate use is made of criminal and civil orders. Stalking Protection Orders, DVPO and DVPN, Restraining orders.
  • Adopt preventative measures to educate and rehabilitate perpetrators of domestic abuse, Stalking & Harassment.

Communities

  • Communities aware of and use of Sarah and Claire’s Law and disclosure.
  • Educate communities about the signs of DA, Stalking & Harassment.
  • Adopt an audit regime to quality assure safeguarding interventions, investigations and outcomes.

Transformation

  • DA Allocations policy to better manage investigations.
  • Educate potential abusers of the future about appropriate relationships.
  • Covid 19- Work with partners to understand the constraints and negative effects of the pandemic to better prepare victims.

 

Protect

Victim

  • Ensure our initial response is timely based on the risks presented. 
  • Full use of police powers will be used to safeguard the victim, including a presumption of bail over RUI
  • Embed the use of evidence led policing, placing the victim at the heart of the investigation.

Offender

  • Risk assessments are completed post arrest in line with correct use of bail, risk assessments and partnership interventions.
  • Identify suitable programmes to better manage DA perpetrators and rehabilitate behaviours.
  • Develop effective interventions to reduce the risk of re offending posed by perpetrators of DA

Communities

  • Following report of a DA incident with children in the household schools notified to better support said child. (Op Encompass)
  • Refine our approach to DA, Stalking & Harassment.  Recognise the different nature, risks and appropriate interventions for intimate partner vs non-intimate partner DA.
  • Recognise barriers to reporting from those with victims with protected characteristics.

Transformation

  • Ensure the lived experience of the child has been captured in safeguarding and investigation process allowing the most appropriate safeguarding to be put in place.
  • Develop staff knowledge of Adverse Childhood Experiences for children living with DA.
  • Learning from Domestic Homicide Reviews Nationally and how this is disseminated.

 

Pursue

Victim

  • Identify and engage with those victims who are at highest harm of repeat DA, Stalking & Harassment victimisation, reducing their vulnerability.
  • Embed the principles of the DVPP to better manage offenders of DA and safeguard victims.

Offender

  • We will embed and fully utilise evidence led policing to pursue perpetrators of DA, Stalking & Harassment
  • Develop effective interventions to reduce the risk of re offending posed by perpetrators of DA, Stalking & Harassment.

Communities

  • Identify and engage with hard to reach communities.
  • Develop a mechanism to reach victims whose first language is not English. New
  • Adopt an audit regime and satisfaction survey to quality assure investigations and outcomes.

Transformation

  • Embed Out Of Court Disposals for low level DA offending.
  • Identify children entrenched and living with DA to provide early intervention and prevention.
  • Use effective risk assessments within S&H tasking and review process to effectively manage threat, risk and harm

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