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Domestic abuse: assessment tools and guidance

This page provides a selection of useful links to assessment tools and guidance. Unless specified these tools are applicable across the UK. 

16 Days of Action toolkitThis toolkit, supported by Public Health England is a brief for how companies can quickly and efficiently address domestic abuse.

Against Violence and Abuse (AVA, 2013) Complicated Matters. This toolkit developed as part of an initiative supported by the Department of Health aims to improve the response of health care professionals to survivors and perpetrators of domestic and sexual violence. 

Against Violence and Abuse (AVA) Information, guidance and useful tools on education to prevent Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). The toolkit provides information, guidance and tools for education professionals to develop a prevention programme in their organisation. 

Chelsea choice. A great dramatic portrayal of coercion and control, this show is bookable and usually reduced cost for health and social services. 

CoeriveControl.co.uk. This website provides advice on coercive control and future conferences and events.

D-A-S-H. A support, advice and signposting service for anyone concerned for themselves or a friend, or a family member who is suffering from the effects of domestic abuse. (Currently this app refers only to services in the Kent area).

Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Harassment and Honour Based Violence (DASH, 2009) Risk Identification and Assessment and Management Model. The DASH tool is for all professionals working with victims of domestic abuse, stalking and harassment and honour based violence. (England and Wales).

Loveisrespect. Loveisrespect is a resource for young people aimed at stopping abuse and helping people to recognise the signs of an unhealthy relationship with quizzes, toolkits and videos.

Men’s Advice Line (2013) Respect Toolkit for work with male victims of domestic violence - second edition. The toolkit is for professionals working with men experiencing domestic violence.

SafeLives Marac (Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference) toolkits. This page contains MARAC toolkits for people working across emergency, health care and support services.

Thames Valley Police (2015) Tea and Consent. This video from Thames Valley Police highlights the issue of consent using the analogy of making a cup of tea.

Women’s Aid (2015) Tackling domestic violence toolkit for MPs. This domestic violence toolkit aims to support MPs and their constituency offices in recognising and supporting constituents who may be experiencing domestic violence or are survivors of domestic violence.

Women’s Aid (2016) Expect Respect Education. This toolkit is targeted for use by teachers within schools and is based on themes that have been found to be effective in tackling domestic abuse.