Domestic abuse policy


9.1 We understand that victims of domestic abuse may be vulnerable for a number of reasons and that a person’s vulnerability and safety can change during the course of a case.

9.2 We will ensure that a risk assessment using the Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Honour Based Violence (DASH) Risk Identification Checklist is completed. This may be carried out by a trained member of WHBC staff or by another agency who is better placed to complete it. Where the DASH assessment meets the local authority threshold for the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC), it will be referred.

9.3 We will not give details or information to anyone without permission unless there are serious concerns for the safety of any victim, perpetrator, or household member. In cases where safeguarding concerns are apparent, we have a legal responsibility to share information and where appropriate a safeguarding referral will be made.

9.4 Where there are reports or concerns that children have either witnessed or been involved in domestic abuse a safeguarding referral will be made.