New statutory guidance on identifying and responding to Domestic Abuse published

New statutory guidance on identifying and responding to domestic abuse and its impact on victims was published  on 8 July 2022, by the Home Office.

The Domestic Abuse statutory guidance sets out in detail what constitutes domestic abuse, how to identify it and best practices for responding. It can be found here: New guidance will ensure all forms of domestic abuse are recognised – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The below has been taken directly from Gov.uk:

The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 statutory guidance will ensure victims are supported to access frontline support that meets the complexity of their needs, by ensuring that the police, healthcare practitioners and local authorities have the necessary tools and information to offer tailored support to victims and survivors.

The guidance supports the implementation of the Act’s wide-ranging statutory definition of domestic abuse and provides guidance to those working with victims, including the police and local authorities.

The statutory definition introduced in the Act incorporates a range of abuse beyond physical violence, including controlling or coercive behaviour, emotional, and, for the first time, economic abuse. The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 also recognises children who see, hear or experience domestic abuse as victims in their own right.

This new statutory guidance goes further to ensure that the complexity of domestic abuse is properly understood to support a coherent ‘whole system’ response to supporting victims and survivors, including children. By setting out best practice approaches and encouraging multi-agency working, a whole system response will deliver the step change needed to tackle this abhorrent crime, recognising that everybody has a role to play in supporting victims and survivors of domestic abuse.

For the full guidance, please click here: 

New guidance will ensure all forms of domestic abuse are recognised – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Employers

On page 122, the new statutory guidance details employers’ responsibility for any employees experiencing Domestic Abuse, under their duty of care.  BWP can help organisations develop Domestic Abuse policies, and put in best practise to help any employee experiencing abuse. Visit Support for Businesses – Broxtowe Women’s Project (broxtowewomensproject.org.uk) for more details.

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