Communities have a greater awareness of what an abusive relationship is and how to report it and as a consequence feel safer

Indicators of success

 

  • Access to relevant and appropriate information, guidance and specialist support
  • Prevalence rates of domestic abuse incidents in ethnic minority communities
  • Training sessions provided and number of front-line practitioners attending
  • Co-ordinated domestic abuse campaigns delivered

 

 

There are many groups and organisations that work tirelessly to raise awareness and provide support and services to victims of domestic abuse in our communities across Essex. It is therefore both alarming and sobering that most domestic abuse cases go unreported as victims do not recognise they are in an abusive relationship, are afraid to seek assistance or are not aware of the support and services available to help them.

A greater awareness of what domestic abuse is by our communities’ is critical. There are different types of domestic abuse, including emotional, psychological, physical, sexual, and financial abuse. Many abusers behave in ways that include more than one type of domestic abuse, and the boundaries between some of these behaviours are often quite blurred. When we understand the many faces of abuse, we can better identify if abuse is taking place in our homes and if our friends, family members and/or loved ones are victims of abuse.

 

Strategic Action

 

  • Raise levels of domestic abuse knowledge in communities and across front-line practitioners with a focus on improving the signposting of victims to support services
  • Improve confidence and encourage disclosure by ensuring that those experiencing domestic abuse have access to appropriate information, support and resources so that they are able to recover and move on to live independently
  • Provide tailored information and support to meet the needs of minority and ethnic communities
  • Equip front line practitioners to provide a consistent approach to information provision and service delivery, with appropriate access to domestic abuse resources
  • Run co-ordinated multi-agency communication campaigns to support delivery of strategy outcomes
  • Sign up of employers to employer pledges/policies around domestic abuse (victim and perpetrator focused)

 

Contact details for outcome lead - Jane.Gardner@essex.gov.uk