The Domestic Abuse Act is currently going through Parliament and is due to be introduced in April 2021. Under the Act, the Derby City and Derbyshire County Council must conduct a local Needs Assessment to determine the level of need for support for those affected by domestic abuse.
The new definition of domestic violence and abuse now states: Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:
The Domestic Abuse Act also recognises the devastating impact that domestic abuse can have on children exposed to it in their own home. A child who sees or hears, or experiences the effects of, domestic abuse and is related to the person being abused or the perpetrator is also to be regarded as a victim of domestic abuse.
It is important that we gain the views and experiences of as many professionals as possible, from all sectors to inform the assessment and development of our strategies. We are keen to hear from people in all parts of your organisation, both those working at a strategic or management level as well as frontline workers, to enable us to build a comprehensive picture of the position in Derby and Derbyshire. Your views will be integral to developing our collective response to Domestic Abuse moving forward.
For this purpose, you are asked to participate in this short survey, whilst the survey is hosted by Derby City Council it is being undertaken in partnership with Derbyshire County Council and covers the whole of the City and County. Please forward it to your colleagues and networks as appropriate. The survey can be accessed using the following link;
It should only take about 10 minutes to complete and the closing date for the survey is 5pm on Monday 17 May.
In addition to this survey, work will also be undertaken with a range of organisations to secure data which will support the needs assessment process. If you have not already been contacted and feel you have data which could inform the level of support needed to respond to Domestic Abuse in Derby and Derbyshire, please contact us for further details.
Whilst this survey is aimed at stakeholders who may encounter Domestic Abuse in their professional capacity. Following the Election we will also be seeking the views of services users and the wider community. If you work with individuals who could tell us about their experience of domestic abuse and would be able to support this work please provide your contact details and we will be in touch to discuss how we facilitate that.
Thank you for taking part in this survey.