Domestic Abuse Information Updates

15/10/2021

Hampshire Libraries’ Domestic Abuse Initiative

Hampshire Libraries have been working in partnership with Hampshire Police and Stop Domestic Abuse to improve the Library offer for victims and survivors of Domestic Abuse. The project is currently in the pilot phase, with Chandler’s Ford Library and Gosport Discovery Centre acting as the pilot locations. Earlier this year, we were successful in a funding bid to the OPCC which has allowed us to begin rolling the project out across other Hampshire Libraries.

The initiative has many aspects to it, one of which is Safe At Home training for library staff, delivered by Stop Domestic Abuse to help raise awareness of the signs that someone is in an abusive relationship and where we can signpost them for support. In addition to the training programme for staff, we have also extended our range of physical and e-books covering subjects such as physical, financial, sexual and psychological abuse and harassment, as well as a selection of books for children to help them understand abuse and violence. Whilst these books are currently primarily located in pilot libraries, they can be ordered in to any Hampshire Library in the county for a small fee. In the coming weeks, more copies of these books will be ordered for other libraries in the county, with one library in each area having a collection. We are also developing a range of printed resources including booklists, bookmarks and posters to further raise awareness and to support our customers. A blog post was produced introducing customers to the range of resources available. You can see the blog post here.

A key achievement so far has been the introduction of a ‘Safe at Home’ icon onto all public PC’s across Hampshire Libraries. This link takes customers directly to help and support from Hampshire County Council. Our website has also been updated with information and support on domestic abuse in the ‘access for all’ tab.  The received funding will also allow us to spend time on outreach work in the community, promoting the library offer. If anyone would like to work with us in some capacity on this project, please contact Eve Jeffery-Wilson, manager of Chandler’s Ford Library (eve.jeffery-wilson@hants.gov.uk) or Marie Jeffery, manager of Gosport Discovery Centre (marie.jeffery@hants.gov.uk)

Domestic Abuse Act update

I just wanted to draw your attention to the Government’s statutory guidance and consultation response – published on 1 October 2021.

Domestic Homicide Reviews

The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 requires all Community Safety Partnerships to send final copies of any Domestic Homicide Review to the Domestic Abuse Commissioner.  This will be a legal requirement from the 1st November 2021, but the Domestic Abuse Commissioner would like to start receiving these from now onwards.  The Commissioner has asked for all Domestic Homicide Reviews be sent to DHR@domesticabusecommissioner.independent.gov.uk

What does healthy look like? Starting conversations with young people about relationships

In 2019, SafeLives gathered thevoices and perspectives of men and boys aged 11 and over, asking them about abuse, masculinity and what a ‘healthy’ relationship looks like. 

28% of Respondents said they had demonstrated behaviour within a relationship that they regretted 64% of these relationships occurred between the ages of 16 and 29.

Professionals working with young people are in the unique position to support them to have healthy relationships during this critical window – before they harm or are harmed. They can also be there to support and speak to a young person if they are worried about their relationship.   

To do this, professionals need to feel confident starting conversations about relationships. Building on our research, we have developed a resource pack that any professional working with young people could use to start conversations with young people about relationships and explore what healthy looks like.  

The pack has been informed by the voices of young people, reviewed by a range of professionals, and tested in practice.   

Resource pack:  What does healthy look like? Starting conversations with young people about relationships

New translated resources from Surviving Economic Abuse

We are constantly expanding our information on economic abuse to provide as much support to victim-survivors and professionals as possible. This quarter, we’ve created a new resource on preparing to leave an abuser.
For many, language can be a barrier to reaching safety and accessing support. That’s why we have translated some of our key information about what economic abuse is and how to identify it into other languages. This information for victim-survivors is now available in Arabic, Bengali, Polish, Punjabi and Urdu. We hope to be able to produce more information in other languages in the future. 

New online tool for women and girls to flag unsafe areas to the police 
A pilot for a new online tool to allow people to flag places where they have felt unsafe has been launched by the Government with support from the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC).  Hosted on the national policing website police.uk and aimed primarily at women and girls, the tool, named StreetSafe, will enable members of the public to anonymously drop a pin onto a map and describe factors that cause them concern, including behavioural or environmental reasons why they felt unsafe. These could range from a poorly-lit walkway to instances of public harassment and will mean concerns can be raised with police, whether or not a crime has been committed.  The information will be used alongside other key data by policing, in partnership with stakeholders, to deliver improved wellbeing and safety for communities.  Changes and improvements could range from installing CCTV and street lighting across a park or common, to introducing night-time patrols led by officers or members of the local community, such as Neighbourhood Watch groups.
For more information: New online tool for women and girls to flag unsafe areas to police (apccs.police.uk)

#DeserveToBeHeard

Women’s Aid’s new flagship campaign, Deserve To Be Heard, aims to ensure that the mental health needs of women, who are all too often not listened to and not believed, are heard and responded to effectively.  The aims of the campaign are to:

•             Change perceptions and attitudes towards survivors’ mental health which compound women’s trauma and inequality.

•             Secure sufficient funding to enable specialist women’s services – particularly those led ‘by and for’ Black and minoritised groups – to deliver vital mental health support and long-term healing.

#DeserveToBeHeard – Womens Aid

Publication: The Economic Abuse Threat Facing Girls & Women in the UK

The report, The Economic Abuse Threat facing Girls & Women in the UK: 6 Moments That Matter in the Lives of Female Survivors was written by Jane Portas, creator of 6 Moments That Matter and co-founder of Insuring Women’s Futures, and SEA CEO Dr Nicola Sharp-Jeffs OBE.

The 6 Moments That Matter are key points during all our lives that define our financial futures. They are: Growing Up, Studying & Re-Qualifying; Entering & Re-Entering the Workplace; Relationships: Making Up & Breaking Up; Parenthood & Becoming a Carer; Later Life, Planning & Entering Retirement; and Ill-health, Infirmity & and Dying.
You can download the report here. 

Publication: Home Office/NPCC/College of Policing/VKPP
Domestic Homicides and Suspected Victim Suicides During the Covid-19 Pandemic: 02d412c416154010b5cebaf8f8965030.pdf (prgloo.com)

Publication: Local Government Association
Tackling domestic abuse – innovative approaches by councils and partner organisations: Tackling domestic abuse – innovative approaches by councils and partner organisations | Local Government Association

Publication: Agenda/Alliance for Youth Justice 

‘I wanted to be heard’ – Young women in the criminal justice system at risk of violence, abuse and exploitation: Young-Women’s-Justice-Project-briefing-paper-I-wanted-to-be-heard-September-2021-FINAL.pdf (weareagenda.org)

TRAINING

Hampshire Domestic Abuse Partnership training courses – FREE!

Please take a look at our DA training pages, detailing free courses that are available locally until the end of this year. 

Training and events | Health and social care | Hampshire County Council (hants.gov.uk)

Implementing trauma-informed practice (advanced) – various dates (8 November – 9 December)

This training will result in you having a good understanding of the following areas:

  • Principles and framework underpinning Trauma-informed practice
  • Trauma-informed language, behaviour and reactions
  • Trauma-informed practices in service delivery
  • Recognising trauma, and how to respond to produce positive outcomes
  • How you can be the supportive adult that transforms a child’s (or adult’s) life
  • How services can run in a way that helps users thrive
  • How trauma behaviour looks from the provider’s perspective
  • Vicarious trauma and care for staff
  • Successful examples of trauma-informed practice

To book: (Group 2: YOT/ NPS/ Social care+) Implementing trauma-informed practice Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite

Debt and Mental Health Training – various dates (21 October– 30 November)

Our aim is to provide frontline Hampshire and Isle of Wight workforces in public, community, and voluntary sectors with the skills to appropriately start conversations about debt and mental health.

Proactively referring to debt and mental health services when needed.

This training will improve your understanding of the connections between debt and mental health services and will help to reduce the suicide risk as a result of debt in the Hampshire and Isle of Wight populations

To book: Debt and Mental Health Wellbeing Training (escalla.co.uk)

Best wishes, Jude

Jude Ruddock-Atcherley

Strategic Domestic Abuse Manager

Public Health, Adults Health & Care, Hampshire County Council

Email: jude.ruddock-atcherley@hants.gov.uk

Phone: 0370 779 7067

Web: https://www.hants.gov.uk/socialcareandhealth/domesticabuse

DOMESTIC ABUSE INFORMATION UPDATES

Hampshire Libraries’ Domestic Abuse Initiative

Hampshire Libraries have been working in partnership with Hampshire Police and Stop Domestic Abuse to improve the Library offer for victims and survivors of Domestic Abuse. The project is currently in the pilot phase, with Chandler’s Ford Library and Gosport Discovery Centre acting as the pilot locations. Earlier this year, we were successful in a funding bid to the OPCC which has allowed us to begin rolling the project out across other Hampshire Libraries.

The initiative has many aspects to it, one of which is Safe At Home training for library staff, delivered by Stop Domestic Abuse to help raise awareness of the signs that someone is in an abusive relationship and where we can signpost them for support. In addition to the training programme for staff, we have also extended our range of physical and e-books covering subjects such as physical, financial, sexual and psychological abuse and harassment, as well as a selection of books for children to help them understand abuse and violence. Whilst these books are currently primarily located in pilot libraries, they can be ordered in to any Hampshire Library in the county for a small fee. In the coming weeks, more copies of these books will be ordered for other libraries in the county, with one library in each area having a collection. We are also developing a range of printed resources including booklists, bookmarks and posters to further raise awareness and to support our customers. A blog post was produced introducing customers to the range of resources available. You can see the blog post here.

A key achievement so far has been the introduction of a ‘Safe at Home’ icon onto all public PC’s across Hampshire Libraries. This link takes customers directly to help and support from Hampshire County Council. Our website has also been updated with information and support on domestic abuse in the ‘access for all’ tab.  The received funding will also allow us to spend time on outreach work in the community, promoting the library offer. If anyone would like to work with us in some capacity on this project, please contact Eve Jeffery-Wilson, manager of Chandler’s Ford Library (eve.jeffery-wilson@hants.gov.uk) or Marie Jeffery, manager of Gosport Discovery Centre (marie.jeffery@hants.gov.uk)

Domestic Abuse Act update

I just wanted to draw your attention to the Government’s statutory guidance and consultation response – published on 1 October 2021.

Domestic Homicide Reviews

The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 requires all Community Safety Partnerships to send final copies of any Domestic Homicide Review to the Domestic Abuse Commissioner.  This will be a legal requirement from the 1st November 2021, but the Domestic Abuse Commissioner would like to start receiving these from now onwards.  The Commissioner has asked for all Domestic Homicide Reviews be sent to DHR@domesticabusecommissioner.independent.gov.uk

What does healthy look like? Starting conversations with young people about relationships

In 2019, SafeLives gathered thevoices and perspectives of men and boys aged 11 and over, asking them about abuse, masculinity and what a ‘healthy’ relationship looks like. 

28% of Respondents said they had demonstrated behaviour within a relationship that they regretted 64% of these relationships occurred between the ages of 16 and 29.

Professionals working with young people are in the unique position to support them to have healthy relationships during this critical window – before they harm or are harmed. They can also be there to support and speak to a young person if they are worried about their relationship.   

To do this, professionals need to feel confident starting conversations about relationships. Building on our research, we have developed a resource pack that any professional working with young people could use to start conversations with young people about relationships and explore what healthy looks like.  

The pack has been informed by the voices of young people, reviewed by a range of professionals, and tested in practice.   

Resource pack:  What does healthy look like? Starting conversations with young people about relationships

New translated resources from Surviving Economic Abuse

We are constantly expanding our information on economic abuse to provide as much support to victim-survivors and professionals as possible. This quarter, we’ve created a new resource on preparing to leave an abuser.
For many, language can be a barrier to reaching safety and accessing support. That’s why we have translated some of our key information about what economic abuse is and how to identify it into other languages. This information for victim-survivors is now available in Arabic, Bengali, Polish, Punjabi and Urdu. We hope to be able to produce more information in other languages in the future. 

New online tool for women and girls to flag unsafe areas to the police 
A pilot for a new online tool to allow people to flag places where they have felt unsafe has been launched by the Government with support from the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC).  Hosted on the national policing website police.uk and aimed primarily at women and girls, the tool, named StreetSafe, will enable members of the public to anonymously drop a pin onto a map and describe factors that cause them concern, including behavioural or environmental reasons why they felt unsafe. These could range from a poorly-lit walkway to instances of public harassment and will mean concerns can be raised with police, whether or not a crime has been committed.  The information will be used alongside other key data by policing, in partnership with stakeholders, to deliver improved wellbeing and safety for communities.  Changes and improvements could range from installing CCTV and street lighting across a park or common, to introducing night-time patrols led by officers or members of the local community, such as Neighbourhood Watch groups.
For more information: New online tool for women and girls to flag unsafe areas to police (apccs.police.uk)

#DeserveToBeHeard

Women’s Aid’s new flagship campaign, Deserve To Be Heard, aims to ensure that the mental health needs of women, who are all too often not listened to and not believed, are heard and responded to effectively.  The aims of the campaign are to:

•             Change perceptions and attitudes towards survivors’ mental health which compound women’s trauma and inequality.

•             Secure sufficient funding to enable specialist women’s services – particularly those led ‘by and for’ Black and minoritised groups – to deliver vital mental health support and long-term healing.

#DeserveToBeHeard – Womens Aid

Publication: The Economic Abuse Threat Facing Girls & Women in the UK

The report, The Economic Abuse Threat facing Girls & Women in the UK: 6 Moments That Matter in the Lives of Female Survivors was written by Jane Portas, creator of 6 Moments That Matter and co-founder of Insuring Women’s Futures, and SEA CEO Dr Nicola Sharp-Jeffs OBE.

The 6 Moments That Matter are key points during all our lives that define our financial futures. They are: Growing Up, Studying & Re-Qualifying; Entering & Re-Entering the Workplace; Relationships: Making Up & Breaking Up; Parenthood & Becoming a Carer; Later Life, Planning & Entering Retirement; and Ill-health, Infirmity & and Dying.
You can download the report here. 

Publication: Home Office/NPCC/College of Policing/VKPP
Domestic Homicides and Suspected Victim Suicides During the Covid-19 Pandemic: 02d412c416154010b5cebaf8f8965030.pdf (prgloo.com)

Publication: Local Government Association
Tackling domestic abuse – innovative approaches by councils and partner organisations: Tackling domestic abuse – innovative approaches by councils and partner organisations | Local Government Association

Publication: Agenda/Alliance for Youth Justice 

‘I wanted to be heard’ – Young women in the criminal justice system at risk of violence, abuse and exploitation: Young-Women’s-Justice-Project-briefing-paper-I-wanted-to-be-heard-September-2021-FINAL.pdf (weareagenda.org)

TRAINING

Hampshire Domestic Abuse Partnership training courses – FREE!

Please take a look at our DA training pages, detailing free courses that are available locally until the end of this year. 

Training and events | Health and social care | Hampshire County Council (hants.gov.uk)

Implementing trauma-informed practice (advanced) – various dates (8 November – 9 December)

This training will result in you having a good understanding of the following areas:

  • Principles and framework underpinning Trauma-informed practice
  • Trauma-informed language, behaviour and reactions
  • Trauma-informed practices in service delivery
  • Recognising trauma, and how to respond to produce positive outcomes
  • How you can be the supportive adult that transforms a child’s (or adult’s) life
  • How services can run in a way that helps users thrive
  • How trauma behaviour looks from the provider’s perspective
  • Vicarious trauma and care for staff
  • Successful examples of trauma-informed practice

To book: (Group 2: YOT/ NPS/ Social care+) Implementing trauma-informed practice Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite

Debt and Mental Health Training – various dates (21 October– 30 November)

Our aim is to provide frontline Hampshire and Isle of Wight workforces in public, community, and voluntary sectors with the skills to appropriately start conversations about debt and mental health.

Proactively referring to debt and mental health services when needed.

This training will improve your understanding of the connections between debt and mental health services and will help to reduce the suicide risk as a result of debt in the Hampshire and Isle of Wight populations

To book: Debt and Mental Health Wellbeing Training (escalla.co.uk)

Best wishes, Jude

Jude Ruddock-Atcherley

Strategic Domestic Abuse Manager

Public Health, Adults Health & Care, Hampshire County Council

Email: jude.ruddock-atcherley@hants.gov.uk

Phone: 0370 779 7067

Web: https://www.hants.gov.uk/socialcareandhealth/domesticabuse

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