Presentation on theme: "Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence Michelle Davies Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Strategy Manager Paul Marchant Domestic Abuse Co-ordinator 24/09/2014."— Presentation transcript:
Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence Michelle Davies Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Strategy Manager Paul Marchant Domestic Abuse Co-ordinator 24/09/2014
What is the problem? Why do we need to do something? What are we aiming to achieve? What do we provide? What difference does it make? Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence
What is domestic abuse? Cross government definition implemented 31 March 2013 “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 emotional What is Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence?
Why are we addressing domestic abuse & sexual violence? Cost to lives Two women are killed every week in England and Wales by a current or former partner Cost to agencies Statutory responsibilities under Crime & Disorder Act 2004 Domestic Violence Short Film: Leeway - Domestic Violence Short Film Leeway - Domestic Violence Short Film Addressing Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence?
Women Children Members of all cultures: Includes honour based violence, forced marriage, Female Genital mutilation. Who's the victim? Men Members of the LGBT community Who can be a victim?
Estimated Total Cost £106,860,000 The cost of Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence? Domestic Abuse CPR 1422 reports 2013/14 495 with Children present Domestic Abuse Cornwall 8405 reports 2013/14 2994 incidents children present Sexual Violence Cornwall SSA=£76,000 Cost of SSA only (78% reported) =£32,756,000 Not incl. CSA £250,000/case
What are we aiming to achieve? E qual access and service provision to all victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence, regardless of age, gender, Sexual orientation, or culture. Addressing Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence? Increased victim confidence and provide easier ways to report abuse A continuum of support from early identification, crisis intervention and support, to independent living through integrated specialist services A network of services that work with perpetrators Challenge to attitudes and behaviours which foster domestic abuse and sexual violence and educate the next generation to break the cycle Carry out comprehensive reviews of domestic homicides, ensuring fast and positive action to implement change based on the findings A better understanding of the experience of abuse in minority groups; increase confidence in reporting and address specific support needs
How are we achieving this & what do we provide? Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence Strategy 2011-15; ‘The Right Response’ Addressing Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence? Pooled budget (multi-agency and cross-Directorate within Cornwall Council) A continuum of support from early identification, crisis intervention and support, to independent living through integrated specialist services Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy (IDVA) Service; REACH hub 3 Refuges & children's workers; 1 Male refuge 1:1 support, drop-in clinics, Recovery Toolkit & peer mentored groups co- delivered with Locality Teams; Healthy Relationships Programme; delivered to Year 7 to 11 in ‘Safer Towns’ schools Rape case review; improved standards Therapy; 0 to 24 year children & young people; Domestic Abuse Prevention Programme; identifying with abusive behaviours Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) Independent Sexual Violence Advocacy (ISVA) Service Sanctuary Scheme; MARAC SDVC 5 DHRs
A Addressing Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence? What difference does it make? DAPP – “ I am into week 7 of a course which helps people who are striving to combat and understand their own abusive behaviour. I can’t imagine how or where else I would have gained this sort of knowledge. I have grown in strength and am currently experiencing a completely different level of confidence in regards to handling debate and discussion at home…and in turn experiencing a hugely improved home and family life”. CLEAR – Therapy children & young people – “Thank you, you have helped steer us in the right direction. I know it’s a long road with more stones to hit but I know that we have a good foot forward. Thank you for picking the children and I up”. IDVA service – “I can’t thank my IDVA enough. I am lucky, I am lucky, I have been helped to move away and am trying to provide a SAFE, HAPPY, SECURE CHILDHOOD for my daughter” REACH (Risk evaluation and co-ordination hub) – “I was concerned about a colleague who had disclosed to me that they had been subjected to physical abuse from their partner. I contacted the REACH hub and received the advice I needed. The support I received gave me the confidence to support my colleague and put them in touch with people who could help them. It was so great only having to make one call instead being passed from pillar to post.”
The Safer Cornwall Partnership needs to deliver “The Right Response” to ensure that for as many victims as possible a life without abuse is within reach.