Domestic violence

Domestic violence – including psychological, physical, sexual, financial, emotional abuse;

so called ‘honour’ based violence.

In 2013, the Home Office announced changes to the definition of domestic abuse:

  • Incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence
  • or abuse… by someone who is or has been an intimate partner or family member
  • regardless of gender or sexuality
  • Includes: psychological, physical, sexual, financial, emotional abuse; so called ‘honour’
  • based violence; Female Genital Mutilation; forced marriage.
  • Age range extended down to 16.

Many people think that domestic abuse is about intimate partners, but it is clear that other family members are included and that much safeguarding work (that meets the criteria set out in paragraph 14.2) that occurs at home is, in fact is concerned with domestic abuse. This confirms that domestic abuse approaches and legislation can be considered safeguarding responses in appropriate cases.183

The Local Government Association (LGA) have produced a guide for practitioners and managers in councils and partner agencies engaged in working directly or indirectly with people who have care and support needs, whose circumstances make them vulnerable, and who may also be victims of domestic abuse. Its purpose is to help staff to give better informed and more effective support to people who need an adult safeguarding service because of domestic abuse. It addresses situations where an adult who has care and support needs is being harmed or abused by an intimate partner or close family member in a way which could also be defined as domestic abuse.

Adult Safeguarding and Domestic Abuse – a guide for practitioners