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Domestic Abuse Needs Survey

Closing date for the survey: 5pm on Wednesday 9th of June.

On 29 April the Domestic Abuse Bill was signed into law.  The Domestic Abuse Act will provide further protections to the millions of people who experience domestic abuse and strengthen measures to tackle perpetrators. In response to the Act, the City and County Councils are undertaking this survey to determine the level of need for support for those affected by domestic abuse and the responses we need to put in place.

The measures include important new protections and support for victims ensuring that abusers will no longer be allowed to directly cross-examine their victims in the family and civil courts, and giving victims better access to special measures in the courtroom to help prevent intimidation – such as protective screens and giving evidence via video link.

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:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • economic
  • emotional

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 organisations as possible, from all sectors to inform the assessment and development of our strategies.  We know that faith organisations, charitable and voluntary organisations support many people who may be affected by domestic abuse and we want to include your views. 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 and volunteers, 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.  The survey can be accessed using the following link:

It should only take about 10 minutes to complete.