• Domestic Violence – The Importance Of Agencies Working Together

    In the case of a seven year old boy called Yaseen Ege, it seems that reports of domestic violence in the home were made as far back as 2003 but due to delays in referrals to children’s services these were not followed up until at least five years later.

    His mother, Sarah Ege beat Yaseen to death in 2010 after he could not remember passages of the Koran.

    Yaseen Ege

    Reports were made to the women’s safety unit in 2003 but were not reported to the police or Cardiff Council’s children’s services. In 2007 further reports were delayed as the family were often away from the UK.

    I am saddened to hear of another case where some of the agencies involved have not been able to work in a coordinated way. All agencies dealing with children (and adults) should have basic awareness of domestic violence, and the risk factors, and should have appropriate training on how to deal with and address such cases which come to the attention of their agency. As part of this awareness and training a need to share information with other key agencies is paramount, and then a coordinated approach can be discussed and determined.

    I know from my police domestic violence officer experience and from my experience of agencies involved with domestic violence through being a chair and also a coordinator of a number of domestic violence forums; that within all of these agencies involved in this distressing case, such procedures and policies exist, it is the monitoring of these policies and the accountability that time and time again let these victims down.

    My other concern which I have highlighted time and time again is the danger of using trigger point levels to start the process of referring to other agencies; which all local authority areas have but the levels differ in locality due to resources – did this case fall short of risk factors therefore the trigger point level was not reached, or did the agencies view the mother as a possible victim of domestic violence due to a shift in national and international focus on ending violence against ‘women and children’ as opposed to seeing her as a potential perpetrator of domestic violence and child abuse”?

    Tina Royles is a domestic violence expert, offering domestic violence counselling and training and helps to provide the materials and tools to manage relationship difficulties and domestic violence through awareness and education in order to enhance overall health and wellbeing. Contact Tina Royles

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    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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