• Domestic Violence Agencies Amending Remit! Domestic Violence Expert Tina Royles

     

    More information on how agencies work with domestic violence, how they integrate and how this impacts on a victim is available in my book: ‘When the Apple of Your Eye is Rotten at the Core’

    I think it is an important step for the council to examine this decision in more depth, to ensure that this is the appropriate and safe thing to do. It is also important to ensure that the provision of the refuges core business is not watered down in lieu of amending their remit in search of funding. The refuges core business is to provide safe accommodation for those fleeing domestic violence – so in essence dealing with the victims and any children. Their core business is not working with perpetrators of domestic violence, therefore it is important to ascertain what experience and knowledge is in place in order for them to offer work with perpetrators. Sadly due to shortages in funding in the area of domestic violence, many agencies are widening their remit to make their services fit funding criteria and this isn’t always the best thing for the victim/service user. It is important for the council to ascertain whether other agencies within this locality are better placed to provide work with perpetrators such as Probation or Relate, and for the Refuge to focus on accommodating and working with victims and children to recover and heal from the abuse and violence they have suffered. Domestic Violence is not a cost cutting exercise and all agencies should work together and work to their strengths and within their expertise.

    I agree with the CEO of Phoenix (see article link below) in that to limit the number of refuge places available to those who reside outside of the locality is not appropriate, it actually shows the lack of awareness around domestic violence and its complexities – victims do not flee their current accommodation and then move down the road – they very often move away. Yes refuges are not long term solutions and the stay needs to be limited in order to provide the “emergency’ accommodation spaces for those in immediate danger but other areas have successfully managed to establish move on accommodation, or have worked with residential social landlords to provide such accommodation. It is equally important to ensure the victims & children don’t leave the refuge too soon without the appropriate aftercare support or when they are not able because in this time of vulnerability there is a strong possibility they will return to the violent and abusive relationship at this point. It is always important to look at what works elsewhere and not consistently try to re-invent the wheel.

    http://www.northwichguardian.co.uk/news/10692615.Domestic_abuse_refuges_under_scrutiny/

    More information on how agencies work with domestic violence, how they integrate and how this impacts on a victim is available in my book: ‘When the Apple of Your Eye is Rotten at the Core’

     

     

    About Tina Royles

    Connet with me: Google+ Tina Royles is the UKs leading expert in domestic violence offering Domestic Violence Counselling, Relationship Counselling and Anger as well as Stress Management Counselling. She is one of the UK’s most qualified and experienced domestic violence experts providing consultancy and advice to those who have suffered domestic violence, are currently in violent relationships or to friends and family of those affected. Tina provides the materials and tools to manage relationship difficulties and domestic violence through awareness and education and is regularly called upon by the national and local press to provide expert comments on high profile cases. Tina Royles

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