The Home Office has issued statutory guidance to help support services identify and respond properly to domestic abuse and promote best practice.
The document, published on 8 July, has been designed to help organisations fully understand the definitions of ‘domestic abuse’ and ‘personally connected’ as set out in the Domestic Abuse Act 2021.
A very good and free-to-read online article by Lexis Nexis Family Law offers a good summary of the guidance. An extract from the article says:
“This new statutory guidance goes further to ensure that the complexity of domestic abuse is properly understood to support a coherent ‘whole system’ response to supporting victims and survivors, including children.
By setting out best practice approaches and encouraging multi-agency working, a whole system response will deliver the step change needed to tackle this abhorrent crime, recognising that everybody has a role to play in supporting victims and survivors of domestic abuse.”
Maria Nicholson said:
Sounds great doesn’t it? Except it’s not going to happen. SS and the family courts will still believe the victim of DA is incapable of parenting children and keeping them safe. Children will still be torn from loving families and handed over to strangers for money. Because that’s what this vile inhumane system is built on.
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Is anyone going to explain to social workers that removing children from their mothers, just because their mothers have been victims of abuse, is not actually in the best interests of the child? It wasn’t in Leiland-James Corkill’s best interest. Social workers currently take children from victims of coercive control – children who have never witnessed any physical violence. They take children from mothers who have been abused in the past as well – in case they get themselves into abusive relationships in future! Victims of DV are the new unmarried mothers – just a good source of babies for the barren. There will be an apology in a few decades when a new source has been tapped.
Ian Josephs said:
““This new statutory guidance goes further to ensure that the complexity of domestic abuse is properly understood to support a coherent ‘whole system’ response to supporting victims and survivors, including children.”
This is the extract quoted proudly but what does it actually mean? I am sure that if you interviewed 100 random pub or supermarket customers repeating this extract to them once and then asking them what it mean’t not one could give a meaningful reply !
It would be nice to see extracts like the one quoted translated into ordinary language before it is let loose on the public…….
I think I vaguely see what it means (despite my ancient Oxford degree) .It says domestic abuse is complicated and we have to understand it to support a coherent whole system (whatever that may be) and to support children and families (by splitting them up and giving the children to complete strangers?) Well I am biased but so should all your readers be !