Domestic Violence info

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Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing to you on behalf of 4Children, a national charity committed to supporting children and families nationwide. We are contacting all local authorities in Great Britain to get a clear idea of the services provided by local authorities to support families experiencing crisis, families at risk of crisis and families experiencing domestic violence.

Please consider the following questions as requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, and answer in respect to the area covered by your local authority – including in respect to any services which have been tendered out for external provision. Any further information you can offer would also be gratefully received.

I would be very grateful if you could provide me with the following information:

1. Do you have a domestic violence strategy?
• If so, who holds responsibility for the strategy?
• Please include a copy of the strategy, or a web link, if you have one.

2. Do you have a functioning domestic violence partnership within the authority?
• If so, who is included in that partnership?
• Do you work with the local police force to seek referrals about domestic conflict or violent incidents to which police are called – even if this does not result in the bringing of charges or arrest?

3. Do you use a nationally recognised domestic violence risk assessment scale (such as Barnados, Respect, Family Matters) when establishing which services should be provided to families at risk of, or suffering from, domestic violence?
• If not, do you use an in-house risk-assessment scale?

4. Do you use a standard definition of domestic violence? If so, please provide us with that definition.
• Does this definition include:
i. Intimate partner violence?
ii. Parent-child violence?
iii. Broader family violence (e.g. involving uncles/grandparents/cousins)?
iv. Sibling violence?
v. Child-parent violence?
vi. Any other forms of violence? (Please specify)

5. Do you offer any early intervention family support services designed to prevent or reduce domestic conflict or violence?

6. What early intervention family support services designed to prevent or reduce domestic conflict or violence do you offer (please indicate all that apply)?
• Parenting support
• Support for families with violent or potentially violent teenagers/youths
• Strengthening mother-child or parent-child relationships e.g. through creative play sessions
• Counselling and family therapy sessions
• Outreach
• Perpetrator focused programmes
• Other – please state what these are

7. What was the annual budget for your domestic violence/family conflict services for each of the past three years, and for the coming year? What percentage of your overall budget did that equate to?

8. How do you contact families who you think would benefit from access to early intervention services designed to prevent or reduce domestic violence or family conflict?
• What is the uptake rate of these services by families you contact?
• Are there any specific difficulties in encouraging families to take up these services?

I would be very grateful if you could return the information requested electronically to the email address below. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need any further information and many thanks for your consideration of these issues.

Yours sincerely,

Ciaran Osborne
Policy Manager, 4Children

foi, Council of the Isles of Scilly

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Abrmanova,Martina, Council of the Isles of Scilly

 

    

 

 

 

Dear Mrs Osborne,

Our response to your Freedom of Information request is detaled below:

 

 

    

1.  Do you have a domestic violence strategy?

YES

 

     • If so, who holds responsibility for the strategy?

CORWALL AND ISLES OF SCILLY DOMESTIC ABUSE CO-ORDINATOR

 

     • Please include a copy of the strategy, or a web link, if you have

     one.

(JOEL  - PLEASE COULD YOU PROVIDE THIS AS I'M NOT SURE I HAVE THE CURRENT
ONE?)

    

     2. Do you have a functioning domestic violence partnership within

     the authority?

YES

    

• If so, who is included in that partnership?

CHILDREN'S SERVICES, HEALTH, HOSPITAL, POLICE, EDUCATION, LOCAL
COUNCILLORS, CHILDREN'S SOCIAL CARE, ADULT SOCIAL CARE, COMMUNITY SAFETY,
HOUSING

 

     • Do you work with the local police force to seek referrals about

     domestic conflict or violent incidents to which police are called –

     even if this does not result in the bringing of charges or arrest?

YES

    

     3. Do you use a nationally recognised domestic violence risk

     assessment scale (such as Barnados, Respect, Family Matters) when

     establishing which services should be provided to families at risk

     of, or suffering from, domestic violence?

YES WE USE CAADA'S DASH RISK ASSESSMENT

        

     4. Do you use a standard definition of domestic violence? If so,

AS DEFINED IN THE STRATEGY

 

     please provide us with that definition.

     • Does this definition include:

     i. Intimate partner violence?

     ii. Parent-child violence?

     iii. Broader family violence (e.g. involving

     uncles/grandparents/cousins)?

     iv. Sibling violence?

     v. Child-parent violence?

     vi. Any other forms of violence? (Please specify)

    

     5. Do you offer any early intervention family support services

     designed to prevent or reduce domestic conflict or violence?

YES -FOR EXAMPLE,  PREVENTION WITHIN SCHOOLS - SAFE PROJECT; FAMILY
SUPPORT CASE WORK AROUND RELATIONSHIP TENSIONS WITHIN FAMILIES;
COMMISSIONING RELATE TO COME TO OUR AREA

    

     6. What early intervention family support services designed to

     prevent or reduce domestic conflict or violence do you offer

     (please indicate all that apply)?

 

     • Parenting support

YES

 

     • Support for families with violent or potentially violent

     teenagers/youths

YES

 

     • Strengthening mother-child or parent-child relationships e.g.

     through creative play sessions

      YES

 

     • Counselling and family therapy sessions YES - PROVIDED BY CAMHS
SERVICE

     • Outreach

YES

 

     • Perpetrator focused programmes  

NOT CURRENTLY

 

     • Other – please state what these are

    

     7. What was the annual budget for your domestic violence/family

     conflict services for each of the past three years, and for the

     coming year? What percentage of your overall budget did that equate

     to?

EACH AGENCY HAS THEIR OWN BUDGET SO THIS IS HARD TO QUANTIFY

    

     8. How do you contact families who you think would benefit from

     access to early intervention services designed to prevent or reduce

     domestic violence or family conflict?

THROUGH SELF REFERRALS, ADVERTS, REFERRALS FROM OTHER UNIVERSAL SERVICES

 

     • What is the uptake rate of these services by families you

     contact?

AS OUR NUMBERS ARE VERY SMALL AS WE ARE A VERY SMALL LOCAL AUTHORITY IT'S
DIFFICULT TO USE FIGURES - BUT GENERALLY THE TAKE UP IS HIGH WHEN REFERRED
IN. IT IS HARD TO JUDGE HOW MANY PEOPLE WHO COULD BENEFIT BUT HAVE NOT
MADE THEMSELVES KNOWN TO SERVICES

 

     • Are there any specific difficulties in encouraging families to

     take up these services?

FAMILIES HAVING CONCERNS ABOUT STIGMA, CONCERNS THAT IT MAY MAKE THINGS
WORSE, WHO MAY FIND OUT, WORRIES ABOUT WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN, ESPECIALLY TO
THEIR CHILDREN ETC

    

 

We thank you for your interest in the work of the Council of the Isles of
Scilly.

If you do require any more information please visit www.scilly.gov.uk or
you could submit

another FOI request.

 

 

 

Kindest Regards,

 

 

F.O.I. Team

 

Council of the Isles of Scilly

Town Hall

St Marys

Isles of Scilly

TR21 0LW

 

Tel: 01720 424 000 /switchboard/

Fax: 01720 424 017

 

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Abrmanova,Martina, Council of the Isles of Scilly

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From: Abrmanova,Martina
Sent: 18 January 2012 11:33
To: '[email address]'
Subject: FOI 1917

 

 

Dear Requester,

 

Our response to your Freedom of Information request is detaled below:

 

 

 

We thank you for your interest in the work of the Council of the Isles of
Scilly.

If you do require any more information please visit [1]www.scilly.gov.uk
or you could submit

another FOI request.

 

 

 

Kindest Regards,

 

 

F.O.I. Team

 

Council of the Isles of Scilly

Town Hall

St Marys

Isles of Scilly

TR21 0LW

 

Tel: 01720 424 000 /switchboard/

Fax: 01720 424 017

 

 

 

Please find attached the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Domestic Abuse and
Sexual Violence Strategy as per FOI 1917 request

 

    

1.  Do you have a domestic violence strategy?

YES

 

     • If so, who holds responsibility for the strategy?

CORWALL AND ISLES OF SCILLY DOMESTIC ABUSE CO-ORDINATOR

 

     • Please include a copy of the strategy, or a web link, if you have

     one.

      Please see attachement

    

     2. Do you have a functioning domestic violence partnership within

     the authority?

YES

 

• If so, who is included in that partnership?

CHILDREN'S SERVICES, HEALTH, HOSPITAL, POLICE, EDUCATION, LOCAL
COUNCILLORS, CHILDREN'S SOCIAL CARE, ADULT SOCIAL CARE, COMMUNITY SAFETY,
HOUSING

 

     • Do you work with the local police force to seek referrals about

     domestic conflict or violent incidents to which police are called –

     even if this does not result in the bringing of charges or arrest?

YES

 

    

     3. Do you use a nationally recognised domestic violence risk

     assessment scale (such as Barnados, Respect, Family Matters) when

     establishing which services should be provided to families at risk

     of, or suffering from, domestic violence?

YES WE USE CAADA'S DASH RISK ASSESSMENT

 

     • If not, do you use an in-house risk-assessment scale?

N/A

    

     4. Do you use a standard definition of domestic violence?

AS DEFINED IN THE STRATEGY

 

     please provide us with that definition.

     • Does this definition include:

     i. Intimate partner violence?

     ii. Parent-child violence?

     iii. Broader family violence (e.g. involving

     uncles/grandparents/cousins)?

     iv. Sibling violence?

     v. Child-parent violence?

     vi. Any other forms of violence? (Please specify)

    

     5. Do you offer any early intervention family support services

     designed to prevent or reduce domestic conflict or violence?

YES -FOR EXAMPLE,  PREVENTION WITHIN SCHOOLS - SAFE PROJECT; FAMILY
SUPPORT CASE WORK AROUND RELATIONSHIP TENSIONS WITHIN FAMILIES;
COMMISSIONING RELATE TO COME TO OUR AREA

    

     6. What early intervention family support services designed to

     prevent or reduce domestic conflict or violence do you offer

     (please indicate all that apply)?

     • Parenting support

YES

 

     • Support for families with violent or potentially violent

     teenagers/youths

YES

 

     • Strengthening mother-child or parent-child relationships e.g.

     through creative play sessions

YES

 

     • Counselling and family therapy sessions YES - PROVIDED BY CAMHS
SERVICE

     • Outreach

YES

 

     • Perpetrator focused programmes –

NOT CURRENTLY

 

     • Other – please state what these are

    

     7. What was the annual budget for your domestic violence/family

     conflict services for each of the past three years, and for the

     coming year? What percentage of your overall budget did that equate

     to?

ALSO EACH AGENCY HAS THEIR OWN BUDGET SO THIS IS HARD TO QUANTIFY

Community Safety have allocated £4000 to supporting the work of our
Domestic Abuse Forum

    

     8. How do you contact families who you think would benefit from

     access to early intervention services designed to prevent or reduce

     domestic violence or family conflict?

THROUGH SELF REFERRALS, ADVERTS, REFERRALS FROM OTHER UNIVERSAL SERVICES

 

     • What is the uptake rate of these services by families you

     contact?

AS OUR NUMBERS ARE VERY SMALL AS WE ARE A VERY SMALL LOCAL AUTHORITY IT'S
DIFFICULT TO USE FIGURES - BUT GENERALLY THE TAKE UP IS HIGH WHEN REFERRED
IN. IT IS HARD TO JUDGE HOW MANY PEOPLE WHO COULD BENEFIT BUT HAVE NOT
MADE THEMSELVES KNOWN TO SERVICES

 

     • Are there any specific difficulties in encouraging families to

     take up these services?

FAMILIES HAVING CONCERNS ABOUT STIGMA, CONCERNS THAT IT MAY MAKE THINGS
WORSE, WHO MAY FIND OUT, WORRIES ABOUT WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN, ESPECIALLY TO
THEIR CHILDREN ETC

    

Please note that the Council may need to disclose this e-mail under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 or the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004.The information in this e-mail and any attachments is
confidential and may be legally privileged. It is intended for the
attention and use of the named addressee(s) and must not be disclosed to
any other person without our authority.

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delivering it to the intended recipient or are aware that this e-mail has
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If you have received this e-mail in error please inform
[email address]

The statements and opinions expressed in this message are those of the
author and do not necessarily reflect those of the organisations within
the Council of the Isles of Scilly or any of it Committees.

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