The needs assessment has presented an in-depth analysis of the national and local picture of domestic violence and abuse (DVA). It aims to inform the ongoing development of Warwickshire’s response to Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and in particular the re-commissioning of the county’s specialist DVA support services.
Key Findings and Emerging Themes
A summary of the key findings and themes that have emerged from the needs assessment are as follows:
- Current specialist community based support and refuge services are not meeting the estimated DVA need in Warwickshire. This is demonstrated by the statistics and also by victim-survivor and practitioner feedback.
- The existing specialist commissioned provision offers the right service elements but capacity needs increasing to improve quality and meet need.
- The IRIS (Identification and Referral to Improve Safety) programme has proved to be an effective addition to the service provision in 2015/16 and should be maintained.
- Particular gaps are evident in support for children affected by parental DVA and in programmes for perpetrators.
- More and improved (coordinated) training in DVA awareness, identification and safe referral is a common theme.
- An improved and more consistent response to DVA victim-survivors and their families is required in relation to access to housing and move-on accommodation.
- More education for children and young people is needed alongside support for the teachers delivering it.
To read the Executive Summary please click here.
To read the full report please click here.