Victims (Adults and Children) are able to recover and move on to live independently

Indicators of success

 

  • Number of victims requiring relocation
  • Percentage of victims accessing education, training and employment
  • Percentage of victims accessing appropriate support services
  • Proportion of known victims identified in health settings and referred to support services

 

 

National and local research has indicated that victims of domestic abuse need services which will support them to recover from abuse and to live independently in the community. It is estimated that in a year 7.1% of women and 4.4% of men in the UK experienced domestic abuse . Over two women a week die as a result of their abuse. The abuse has a wide range of effects on its victims and their families ranging from poor educational attainment to social isolation and in the most serious cases death. It is a significant issue with huge impact on victims, their families and communities. The majority of victims are aged between 16 and 44 with the likelihood of children under the age of 18 living at home. However, there is national intelligence that suggests that elder abuse is an emerging challenge. This often remains hidden because the victim feels beholden to the perpetrator for some type of care or feels responsible for holding the family together. Most victims of elder abuse are older women with a chronic illness or disability; the most typical abusers are partners, adult children, or family members.

 

Strategic Action

 

  • Ensure buy in and engagement with supporting victims where they live, unless the risk is severe enough to warrant relocation. Relocation will be in a managed and supportive manner within appropriate timescales.
  • Commission a community based service for victims. Develop and implement appropriate monitoring. Actively manage contract with provider(s) to address any shortfall.
  • Implement a pilot programme to improve case finding and support across health settings. Evaluate the success of these pilots and engage with the Health sector to mainstream this activity. Develop a Business Case and a Sustainable Strategy for taking forward Health-Base Domestic Abuse services.
  • Training for service providers, across all agencies, to improve awareness of support services available, understanding of service requirements, to allow appropriate signposting and to effect a culture change.
  • Develop a ‘whole system’ approach to establishing a common set of outcomes focussed on the victims’ wellbeing.

 

Contact details for outcome leads - Simon.Harniess@essex.gov.uk and e.brennan-douglas@nhs.net