What is domestic abuse?
Domestic abuse is defined as 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.
Services that can help
ART Brokerage can provide up to date information on which agencies are currently delivering the services below and can often arrange places on your behalf.
Adult Victim Pattern Changing
Pattern Changing is designed to help the attendees understand how domestic abuse affects their lives and the impact it has on their children. It highlights the patterns of negative behaviour and the power of control.
Child & Young People Therapeutic Support
Therapy sessions can offer a safe place for children to share their worries. The sessions are tailored to the needs and interests of the child and can include art, drama, play and outside activities.
Domestic Abuse Refuge
These services are available for Bournemouth parent and carers with up to five children offering temporary safe accommodation. Other support for the parent victim and their children is often available in the refuge settings.
Drop-in and help-line service provides advice, advocacy and support for anyone experiencing Domestic Abuse in Bournemouth. Self or professional referral on: 01202 547755
The Maple Project
Pan-Dorset approach to support high risk victims hosted by Dorset Police. Domestic Abuse Advisors provide short-term crisis intervention with primary focus on risk-reduction. Referral is via completion of a Safelives Risk Assessment Form with a score of 14 or above or by professional judgement.
For enquiries or advice on how to complete this form (for professionals only) please contact firstname.lastname@example.org - Domestic and Sexual Violence Coordinator or: the Maple Project on 01202 223202
The Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) is held in Bournemouth weekly (two telecon phone conferences and one face to face on a rolling basis.) The purpose of the MARAC is to establish a coordinated multi agency approach to the risk-reduction and safety of high risk victims.
The Domestic Abuse Specialist Practitioner
Supports clients within Bournemouth who are affected by domestic abuse and have additional needs such as drug and alcohol use, mental health and learning difficulties.
DVDS (Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme.)
More commonly known as Clare's Law. This scheme enables professionals, potential victims and concerned others to request the sharing of information pertaining to potential perpetrators.
Bournemouth Early Help (BEH) Training Opportunities:
The Bournemouth Domestic & Sexual Violence coordinator is available to deliver bespoke sessions to your teams at little or no cost. Contact: email@example.com - Domestic and Sexual Abuse Coordinator
Domestic Abuse Awareness - A one day course that will explore the issue of Domestic Abuse. Participants will gain a clearer understanding of the issue and explore methods of responding to it.
Working with Children and Parents after Domestic Abuse - This is a two day skills training course for any practitioners working with parents and children who have been impacted by Domestic Abuse.
Adolescent to Parent Violence - A half day multi agency course that will look at the issue of Adolescent to Parent Violence in Bournemouth.
Sexual Violence - A one day Sexual Violence Training package based on the holistic support model suitable for all front-line workers.
To check dates and book places
Follow this link to see all available courses with the Early Help Partnership Workforce Development Programme.
Any issues with bookings or using CPD, please contact Carol-Anne McNicol on firstname.lastname@example.org )
Childrens & Adults Social Care: Please book through your Workforce Development & Training Unit - Social Care.
Tel: 01202 456700, or Email: Deborah.Savage@bcpcouncil.gov.uk
Other Useful Contacts and Resources
FREE Tool and Resources for working with children, young people and their parents.
September 2017 Report: Multi Agency Response to Children Living with Domestic Abuse