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National guidance

National guidance


Courts and Tribunals Judiciary: Domestic violence


All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Domestic Violence (2017) Minutes of the APPG on Domestic Violence Meeting. The meeting focused on improving survivors of domestic abuse with no recourse to public funds (NRPF) and the opportunities that the forthcoming Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill (DVA Bill) presented in this regard.

Department of Health (2017) Domestic abuse: a resource for health professionals. This resource looks at how health professionals can support adults and young people over 16 who are experiencing domestic abuse, and dependent children in their households. It will help health staff to identify potential victims, initiate sensitive routine enquiry and respond effectively to disclosures of abuse.

Department of Health (2015) Domestic abuse: guidance and support for the armed forces community
Information and guidance for those affected by or dealing with cases of domestic abuse in the armed forces community.

Department of Health (2013) Health visiting and school nursing programmes: supporting implementation of the new service model No.5: Domestic violence and abuse – professional guidance.
This guidance aims to increase knowledge within the field and support improved integration and partnership working with others who have an interest in preventing, working in and identifying domestic violence and abuse, and supporting those affected. 
Home Office (2016) Guidance: domestic violence and abuse. This webpage provides information on domestic violence and abuse, coercive control, disclosure scheme, protection notices, domestic homicide reviews and advisers.

Home Office (2011) Call to end violence against women and girls: action plan 2011. This action plan provided an overview of the wide range of actions the government would take towards its strategy of ending violence against women and girls. (VAWG). It was launched on 8 March 2011.

Home Office (2010) Call to end violence against women and girls: strategic vision. This paper outlined the coalition government’s ambition and guiding principles to tackle violence against women and girls.

NICE Quality standard. Domestic violence and abuse (England and Wales)
. This quality standard covers domestic violence and abuse in adults and young people aged 16 years and over. It covers adults and young people who are experiencing (or have experienced) domestic violence or abuse, as well as adults and young people perpetrating domestic violence or abuse. It also covers children and young people under 16 years who are affected by domestic violence or abuse that is not directly perpetrated against them. This includes those taken into care.

NICE Domestic violence and abuse: multi-agency working (England and Wales). The recommendations cover the broad spectrum of domestic violence and abuse, including violence perpetrated on men, on those in same-sex relationships and on young people. The guidance is for health and social care commissioners, specialist domestic violence and abuse staff and others whose work may bring them into contact with people who experience or perpetrate domestic violence and abuse. In addition it may be of interest to members of the public.

Office for National Statistics (2016) Crime in England and Wales: year ending March 2016. This bulletin includes details of crimes against adults, including domestic violence. Improvements in crime recording practices and processes by the police and, particularly for sexual offences and those related to domestic abuse, an increase in the willingness of victims to come forward and report, are thought to be the main drivers of this change.
See also: Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) (2014) Everyone’s business: Improving the police response to domestic abuseThis report found significant weaknesses in the service provided to victims of domestic abuse, and made a series of recommendations aimed at helping forces to improve.

Royal College of General Practitioners (2012) Domestic Violence. This webpage includes a range of domestic violence resource, including guidance for general practitioners, commissioning guidance, counselling directory and e-Learning.

Northern Ireland

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety and Department of Justice (2016) Stopping domestic and sexual violence and abuse in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland’s seven year strategy for tackling domestic and sexual violence and abuse. The vision is: To have a society in Northern Ireland in which domestic and sexual violence is not tolerated in any form, effective tailored preventative and responsive services are provided, all victims are supported, and perpetrators are held to account.

SafeLives Risk Identification Checklist. To help front line practitioners identify high risk cases of domestic abuse, stalking and ‘honour’- based violence.  To decide which cases should be referred to MARAC and what other support might be required.

SafeLives Dash risk checklist. Quick start guidance. This checklist will help you to understand the significance of the questions on the checklist. Domestic abuse can take many forms but it is usually perpetrated by men towards women in an intimate relationship such as boyfriend/girlfriend, husband/wife. This checklist can also be used for lesbian, gay, bisexual relationships and for situations of ‘honour’-based violence or family violence.

Women’s Aid Northern Ireland. Domestic violence statistics for Northern Ireland.


Citizen’s Advice Scotland. Information and advice for domestic abuse in Scotland.

Scottish Government. Key facts about violence against women

NHS Health Scotland (2019) Gender based Violence - Domestic abuse: What health workers need to know about gender-based violence 

Scottish Government (2010) Tackling Violence Against Women: a review of key evidence and national priorities


Welsh Government policy information page: Violence against women and domestic abuse. This page provides information on the Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015 and supporting policies.

Welsh Government (2016) Consultation on National Strategy to tackle Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence. A new National Strategy setting out how the Welsh Government will continue to tackle Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence has been published for consultation. The Strategy builds on collective progress to date between Welsh Government and relevant organisations, and prioritises delivery in the areas of prevention, protection, and provision of support.

Welsh Government (2014) Barriers faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in accessing domestic abuse, stalking and harassment, and sexual violence services. This research found that LGBT people who experience domestic abuse, stalking and harassment and sexual violence may face specific barriers to accessing services. 

Welsh Government (2014) Building effective responses: An independent review of violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence services in Wales. This research aimed to inform the forthcoming Ending Violence Against Women and Domestic Abuse (Wales) Bill, implementation of the legislation and future policy more generally.

Welsh Government (2013) Domestic abuse of disabled women in Wales. This research highlighted that national and local policies and practices lack appropriate measures to ensure disabled women receive the appropriate level of support at the right time.

Welsh Government (2012) Improving the way public services respond to prevent instances of domestic abuse - 10,000 Safer Lives. This project identified a set of 'minimum service standards' to help make a real difference to the quality of services experienced by victims of domestic abuse and provide confidence that the service they can expect will be of a certain standard.

Non UK

The Advocates for Human Rights. UN Treaties on Domestic Violence. Domestic violence is recognized in international law as a violation of human rights.
WHO Guidance (2014) Implementing the WHO clinical and policy guidelines for responding to violence against women in countries. “Globally, 1 in 3 women have experienced intimate partner violence and/or sexual violence. Such violence has damaging and long-lasting effects on women’s physical including sexual and reproductive health, and mental health. Health care providers are ideally placed to identify and respond to women who disclose violence, and yet, they often do not know how to respond.”

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