What support is there for people who are experiencing domestic abuse?
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (DASV) Partnership has produced a series of videos explaining how they with other services to help keep high risk victims and their children safe. The Outreach film gives information about community outreach support and explains how to contact the services directly.
These videos are available in alternative languages with voice-overs in Urdu, Punjabi, Polish, Russian and Lithuanian. Cambridgeshire Deaf Association have also recorded the films in British Sign Language.
If you are fearful of your partner, walking on eggshells, worried about what will happen when they return home, having money restricted - Information on support for survivors and friends or family who may be worried about someone experiencing domestic abuse can be found on the Cambridgeshire DASV website
Outreach Support is provided by:
- Cambridge Women’s Aid in Cambridge City, South Cambs and East CambsTel: 01223 361214
- Refuge in Fenland, Huntingdonshire and Peterborough Tel: 07787 255821
RCGP's safeguarding adults at risk of harm toolkit
The Safeguarding Adults at Risk of Harm toolkit provides information sheets, templates, and handy guides for all the primary care team. The toolkit assists good knowledge and use of relevant legislation when promoting good care for adults at risk of harm, or those lacking the capacity to make decisions for themselves.
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Adults Board Procedures
Information about the stages of dealing with a safeguarding matter.
NHS England's safeguarding policy
This policy sets out the statutory requirements for NHS England to discharge its appropriate accountability for Safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk of harm or abuse.
BMA GP safeguarding toolkit
This tool kit is about promoting the wellbeing of adults who may have difficulty in protecting themselves from harm and abuse and in promoting their own interests.
RCGP's top tips for deciding if you need to make an adult safeguarding referral
This includes eight tips to help you make the decision.
Cambridge Norfolk Suffolk Safeguarding Adults Handbook
Incorporating MCA, DoLS, Prevent and FMG.
Suzy Lamplugh Website - Stalking Helpline
We know that stalking behaviour is often part of domestic abuse and other forms of VAWG, and around half of all recognised stalking cases are perpetrated by an ex-partner. Unfortunately, our experience is that in many cases survivors are being stalked – especially after separating – but it is not necessarily being named as such by the authorities, and so they are not being afforded the legal protection they deserve. Often stalking by strangers is seen as ‘real’ stalking, when in fact stalking by an ex-partner is a higher risk, and 75% of DHRs identify stalking behaviours in the run up to the homicide.
Stalking behaviour can cause a victim to suffer severe alarm and distress. The psychological impact of stalking victimisation can have detrimental effects on a victims’ mental health. Due to the devastating effects of stalking, victims report a high prevalence of psychological harm such as anxiety and stress, causing difficulty sleeping. As a result of the psychological harm stalkers inflict on their victims, it is essential to ensure stalking is recognised and understood for the victim to receive the support they need.
We are able to offer not only practical advice concerning stalking and the law, but we also have links to Single Points of Contact within each Police force, who can review cases of stalking behaviour to help ensure enough is being done to protect victims.
Please do contact us or signpost any clients you have which we might be able to help– leaflets are available to download on our website, but if you require some physical copies of leaflets or posters for your GP services, please let us know. Our contact details are:
Freephone helpline (9.30am – 4pm weekdays, except Wednesdays when we open at 1pm) - 0808 802 0300
Keeping Adults Safe from Abuse and Neglect Easy Read Version
An easy read version provided by the Peterborough Safeguarding Adults Board (now merged CPSAB - Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Adults Board)
Adult Safeguarding Best Practice Booklet
A best practice guidance booklet to help practitioners recognise incidents of abuse that must be taken through the safeguarding processes, and differentiate those from incidents that should be case or risk managed or taken through other routes (complaints, Serious Incident reporting, case management).
Presentation from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Adults Board - What is SAB?
FREE high quality safeguarding adults training for agencies who contribute financially to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding board including NHS staff in Primary Care.
The full brochure of courses and calendar can be found on the booking page below. All course booking must be completed online via booking bug
NHS Safeguarding Guide App for smartphones
A resource for healthcare professionals to increase their awareness and understanding of safeguarding requirements. Download it on App store or Google play.
You can also access it online.