National update from Safelives: supporting victims of domestic violence
Diana Barran Chief Executive at SafeLives gives an update at today’s identifying and supporting victims of Domestic Violence conference on:
- getting help to the right women at the right time: the importance of helping high risk victims fast
- improve what happens on the ground, helping MARACs and local services be more effective
- building a national picture of Maracs
- helping commissioners make better decisions that cut domestic abuse
Diana’s full presentation is available to download at the end of this page.
Diana started her presentation by discussing how SafeLives are working to build a better future for those families living with abuse. Work includes a risk-led model which should have an important place in the response to domestic violence, it focuses on practitioners asking; what would you want if it was your relative or best friend? Diana said it is crucial to work in partnership with orther organisations bringing together those that have the resources with those that can really advocate support.
Diana looked at the national statistics for domestic violence and how the number of women in specialist refuges has just about halved, whilst there has been a significant increase in women supported through MARAC.
Diana discussed how they are improving services through the repsonse, MARAC, and support provided with a data capture tool integrated into the caseload of refuge workers. Work has been done looking at where practitioners should be located. Those presenting in A&E had more mental health issues reported including suicide and self-harm, but further work suggests that is because there is more opporotunity for disclosure in a healthcare setting, and the findings are due to disclosure over prevalence. This has led to a discovery of undisclosed mental health problems in the community, support is now being provided to enable disclosure in the community and respond appropriately.
Diana said it's important to look at early intervetion and also managing the behaviour of perpretators, 2 projects are being delivered; 'one front door' and 'The Drive project'.
Future conferences of interest:
2 March 2016