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Domestic abuse staff guidance

This staff guidance will give you all the information and referral tools you need to assist a person when dealing with sexual or domestic violence.

Key partners across Derbyshire and Derby City produced multi-agency staff guidance in relation to domestic abuse and sexual violence. The aim of the guidance on the Safer Derbyshire website is to provide a quick reference guide for practitioners (from any agency) when dealing with cases of domestic abuse and sexual violence. It outlines:

  • what domestic abuse and sexual violence is
  • how domestic abuse can affect different groups of people (including females, males, children, BAME communities, LGBTQ+ communities and disabled people)
  • what support is available across Derbyshire

The domestic abuse staff guidance is split into the following sections:

  • adults
  • children
  • black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME)
  • male victims
  • lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, plus (LGBTQ+)
  • disability

More recently (May 2022), the Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Adults Boards have also produced practice guidance, which includes a section on domestic abuse (page 44). This guidance is intended to provide current information about domestic abuse, to help staff recognise signs of it, raise awareness of safeguarding responsibilities and where domestic abuse and safeguarding intersect, and develop professional confidence in responding effectively to support victims.