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Domestic abuse referral pathway

If there is any immediate danger call 999.

Domestic abuse is

“Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour 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, financial, and emotional. This also includes Honour Based Abuse (HBA), Forced Marriage (FM) and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)”

In all circumstances

For both adults and children:

  • only ask questions about domestic abuse when the individual is on their own and in private
  • document any disclosure, or suspicion of domestic abuse, in professional records kept at your organisation (not in the victim’s hand held records) and record what you are told in their own words
  • document decision making, actions taken to manage risk and rationale for sharing or not sharing information (with or without consent)
  • if you need to use interpreters, make sure they are professional - never use family members, friends or children
  • consider risks associated with communication and correspondence, for example the perpetrator finding letters, leaflets, text messages or phone call logs
  • call a professionals meeting if you have concerns that cannot be addressed through the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)
  • consider referral to support groups such as Choices from Berkshire Women's Aid, The Freedom Programme and BRAVE (Building Resilience And Valuing Emotions) 
  • consider support for children and young people such as SAFE! and DART (Domestic Abuse Recovering Together)
  • consider referrals to perpetrator services such as Plain Talking and the Respect Phoneline 

Risk of serious harm

Follow the steps on our risk of serious harm page if you have identified that the victim is at a standard, medium or high risk of serious harm.

Out of hours

The out of hours emergency duty team is available for both adults and children from 5pm to 9am and on weekends.

Phone: 01344 786543.