Multi agency approach to Domestic Abuse (WS52)


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An overview of the work of West Lothian’s Domestic and Sexual Abuse Team’s multi agency approach to Domestic Abuse. Including innovations developed by the team – court advocacy for women, support for victims who have experienced rape/sexual assault and preventative education programmes for schools.
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Multi agency approach to Domestic Abuse (WS52)

  1. 1. Domestic and Sexual Assault Team Presented by Susan Lawson-ManagerSusan McInally-Snr Women’s Worker
  2. 2. Staff Team Line managed by Children and Families Group ManagerMangerWomen’s Workers• 2 x Specialised Court Advocacy Worker (Fixed Term-2 years)• 1 x Mental Health/Minority Population (Permanent)• 1 x Sexual violence/Substance misuse (Permanent)• 1x Duty/Generic (Fixed Term -1 year)• 1 x Housing/Employability (Fixed Term -3 years)- Lisa Project• 1 x Women involved in Criminal Justice System (Fixed Term -3 years)-Almond Project Children’s Workers• 1x C&F Social Worker (Fixed term - 3 years )• 3x Children’s Workers ( 2 Permanent, 1 Fixed Term- 1 year)Others• 1x Counsellor (Fixed Term- 1 year)• 0.3fte admin (Fixed Term -1 year)• 1x Admin (Permanent)
  3. 3. What do we do?• Provide support to Victims of DA going through the DAC process• Work with women who have experienced Domestic Abuse and/or Rape/Sexual Abuse• Work with women involved in the Criminal Justice System• Work with children who have experienced domestic abuse• Counsellor-works with adult survivors of childhood sexual and /or domestic abuse• Multi Agency Work -DASG, MAT&C group and SV group
  4. 4. • The most important point to remember about domestic violence is that this is not about a fight , a single or occasional incident-although these do happen and may in themselves constitute criminal offences. Domestic violence is an ongoing pattern of violence and abuse often described as violence within a pattern of coercive control. It is a situation of repeated victimisation where the victim is vulnerable precisely because in the majority of cases she shares her home with the attacker and has feelings of loyalty or even love towards him.’(Kelly 2000)
  5. 5. Typology of Violence Michael P Johnson (2008)• Intimate Terrorism• Situational Couple Violence• Violent Resistance
  6. 6. Older People• Zink et al. (2003) concluded from a qualitative study with women over 55 years old that “Older women victims have difficulty initiatingdiscussions about IPV with their providers.Providers are encouraged to identify signals ofpotential abuse and to create privacy with allpatients to discuss difficult issues ... and to beknowledgeable about appropriate referrals”
  7. 7. Older PeopleSocial stereotyping that perceives older people/disabled people as non-sexual can preventdetection of sexual abuse.It is estimated that as many as half a millionolder people are victims of domestic abuse inthe UK, although only a minority of cases will berecorded. Quoted in (accessed May 2007)
  8. 8. Specialist Court Advocacy Worker• Contacts complainer prior to alleged perp appearing in court• Custody, Intermediate Diet, Trial Diet or Bail Review• Complainers views relayed to Fiscal
  9. 9. Rape and Sexual AssaultWoman’s Experience
  10. 10. Schoolwork• D.A Awareness raising programme-1400 S2pupils• 7 Secondary Schools• Piloted Sexual Violence programme S5 - Linlithgow Academy COZ and the police
  11. 11. Sexual bullying S5 -Evaluations• Total number students 112• Did you find the session interesting Yes – 100 No- 12• What did you enjoy most – (examples of feedback)• Video• Discussion• new words learned• Friendly banter!• Group work• learnt new information• being able to have an opinion• facts on harassment• Talks from the police• Discussing points which are generally not openly discussed.• Do you feel you would have benefited from having the sessions earlier? Yes 65 No 47
  12. 12. Children’s Work•• Individual support to children and young people is tailored to suit their age, ability, awareness and individual needs and circumstances. It is available to children and young people in the community. It generally involves safety planning and looking at feelings & emotions, anger & aggression and other relevant topics and can use mediums such as art, games and other opportunities according to each individual child and her or his preferences.• Group work is targeted at 5 to 7year olds, 7-9 year olds and 9 to 11 year olds. The programme includes feelings/emotions, anger/aggression, safety and other topics.• Generally when children are 3 years or less, support to the mother/main carer is considered to benefit the child in a more sustainable way than just individualised attention to the child. This can include work with the mother on play, routines, safety, emotional security and other factors.
  13. 13. Children’s referrals 2011/2012• Referrals – Qt 1-15, Qt 2-15, Qt 3-20, Qt 4-32 Total -82• Case Load 10-12 children Average 12-18 weeks
  14. 14. DASG• Social Work C & F• Social Work Criminal Justice• Health Visitor• Midwifery• L&B Police• Education-primary and secondary• WLDAS• Housing• DASAT
  15. 15. T and C Group High Risk Perp AND DAC cases• Fiscal or VIA• L&B Police• Housing• Criminal Justice• DASAT
  16. 16. Contact DetailsDomestic and Sexual Assault Team(D.A.S.A.T.) West Lothian Civic Centre Howden South Road Livingston EH54 6FF 01506 281055
  17. 17. Questions