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1 Sally Clarke Domestic Abuse Co-ordinator, Halton DOMESTIC ABUSE IN HALTON How todays arguments can turn into tomorrows murders…

2 Domestic Abuse is defined by the Government as: "Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality." This includes issues of concern to black and minority ethnic (BME) communities such as so called 'honour killings'.

3 What is domestic abuse? Hitting kicking slapping punching biting burning name calling confidence bashing taunting controlling intimidating tricking humiliation stealing or with-holding money mind games imprisonment isolation belittling rape punishing threatening mental torture sexual assault or degrading acts forcing drink/drugs

4 Whats the extent? Domestic abuse is 25% of all violent crime – it is the largest cause of death worldwide in women aged 19-44, greater than war, cancer or motor vehicle accidents 13% of all homelessness cases are as a result of domestic abuse - Domestic abuse is the main cause of homelessness in the UK 52% of all child protection cases involve domestic abuse Domestic abuse is a factor in 34% of all female suicides Every week, two women are killed by a partner or ex-partner In 90% of all violent and abusive households, children are in the same or next room 30% of all domestic abuse cases starts or escalates during pregnancy One in six men will experience domestic abuse at some point in their lives

5 Some Numbers… (06/07 data) More than 2160 incidents reported 467 violent crimes committed 336 arrested 64 women fled to refuge 430 referrals to Support Service 16 Sanctuaries

6 How does it affect the victim? Confidence/self esteem/worthlessness/self neglect Physical Health … chronic pain … untreated injury Mental Health … eating disorders … self harm … insomnia Dependency on substances – alcohol and drugs Concentration – ability to work/parent Isolation – loneliness – loss of friends Guilty – Its my fault for… Depression/Anxiety Ability to form healthy relationships/sexual dysfunction ULTIMATELY – suicide … homicide

7 How does it affect children and teens? Academic problems, learning, truancy Social problems, making friends, communicating Mimicking violent behaviour Regression in development – speech, toilet, behaviour Introvert or extrovert – one extreme to the other Ability to form healthy relationships Depression/Anxiety/Distress Bedwetting, nightmares, self harm, withdrawal Guilt/Fear Flashbacks/phobias Becoming the carer

8 What can we do as professionals? Support services - TRC/RASASC/KCP IDVA … ISVA … midwife … SHAP Sanctuary/Night Stop/MARAC/SDVC/SARC/ Co-ordinated response -Multi agency referral form Information sharing Training Raising awareness Policy and Procedure

9 The next step… What should I do following a disclosure? Risk assessment - MARAC Professional judgement – duty of care hr


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