Devon Domestic Violence Partnership
Notes of the Inaugural Partnership Meeting
Held on Monday 1 March 2004
At Crossmead Conference Centre, Exeter
Councillor Jill Owen - Devon County Council (Chair)
Rachel Martin - Devon County Council
Roy Tomlinson - Devon County Council
Melody Floyde - Devon County Council
Christine Cottle - Sure Start Exeter
Sharon Clayborough - Victim Support
Jo Morrish - North Devon Women’s Aid
Anne-Marie Parkin - North Devon Women’s Aid
Sally Crombie - Devon County Council
Janice Goodwin - West Devon Women’s Aid
Ann Morecraft - Health
Jane Richards - Health
Mary Smeaton - NHS Direct/ Westcountry Ambulance
Jill Snell - Devon and Cornwall Constabulary
Simon Snell - Devon and Cornwall Constabulary
Peter Dale - South Hams District Council
Michael Beechener - Devon County Council
Chris Smith - Devon and Cornwall Safer Communities Trust
John Adams - Devon and Cornwall Constabulary
Chris Bennett - CPS
Marion Playle - West Devon Borough Council
Ian Tearle - Health
Victoria Plastow - East Devon Outreach Project
Steffi Bednerek - Exeter Women’s Aid
Kevin Tilke - Devon and Cornwall Constabulary
Jo Bromley - JACAT
Sue Hoolahan - Mankind Initiative
Sue Holt - LEA Educational Psychology Department
Ken Fuller - LEA Educational Psychology Department
Viv Savage - HMP Exeter
Zoe Joslin - Magistrates Court
Chris Dimmelow - Social Services Department DCC
Mary Mitchell - Devon and Cornwall Probation Area
Sallie Horner - Exeter Women’s Aid
Sue Burgess - Exeter Women’s Aid
Nicola Storey - Mid Devon Outreach
Tim Tod - Devon Youth Association
Kristina Edwards - Exeter Women’s Aid Outreach
Chris Pearson - Exeter Women’s Aid
Sue Perkins - Devon and Cornwall Constabulary
David Taylor - Devon and Cornwall Constabulary
Ruth Saltmarsh – Central Devon Magistrates Bench; Mark Coulter – Devon MALE; Alison Allen – Health;
Debby Henderson – WDBC; Andy McGahan – Police; Jo Tennant – Police; Brenda Laker – DCC;
Beth Barlow – Exeter Combined Court; Becky Bayet – Connexions; Martin Gladwin – CAFCASS;
Avril Mewes – Exeter University; Lesley Valentine – Police; Wendi Wallen – Police.
Cllr Jill Owen welcomed everyone to the meeting and updated on events since the last meeting. It was
noted that the budget for next financial year is looking good and that Rachel Martin’s Co-ordinator post is to
Roy Tomlinson ran through the programme for the day and outlined the new format for Partnership
meetings and the reasons for the changes. There will be a trial period for the new format and any feedback
positive or negative would be welcomed.
2. Business Plan Updates from Task Groups
The chair of each Task Group gave a brief summary of matters arising from the earlier Task Group
Meetings. A full set of minutes for each group will be distributed with these notes.
3. Updates from District Forums
No representative from East Devon was present at the meeting.
Dinah Mears has now left Devon County Council and will no longer be involved in the East Devon Forum,
however she will still be involved with Training.
Exeter – Jo Bromley, Chair of Exeter Domestic Violence Forum
Jo reported that the forum now hold quarterly meetings. They also produce a newsletter twice per year and
have presentations from various agencies twice per year.
The membership of the forum has been updated and now consists of members who attend meetings, and a
The forum are currently reviewing their aims and objectives – with one major aim being to promote and
maintain collaborative sustainability.
There is a need to improve links between the forum and the partnership, and also links with the CSP to
identify a voice for the city.
There is a need to further progress the programme for meetings of the DV Forum Chairs now that Dinah
Mid Devon – John Adams, Chair of Mid Devon DV Forum
The forum is maintaining close links with the CSP.
They have provided some funding for 2 groups in the area, £3,000 for DIVA a support group based in
Cullompton, and £1,000 for the Sowing Seeds Group.
There is currently no safe house in the Mid Devon area, a recent attempt to purchase an old Police House
was unsuccessful as the forum was unable to meet the asking price.
The Helping Hands scheme is now up and running and is being funded by the partnership. Victim Support
also runs a loan-a-phone scheme for victims of DV. Currently there are 3 phones available which can be
loaned to victims for up to 28 days.
There has been an increase in the number of DV incidents being reported in the area, which could be due
to the increase in awareness raising materials on display in public toilets, pubs etc.
It is possible that there may be a merger between the East and Mid Devon DV Forums although this is still
in the planning stages.
North Devon & Torridge – Anne-Marie Parking, Chair of DV Forum
There is a good membership of the forum and things are beginning to come together. The next meeting of
the Forum is on 3 March and will include presentations from each group working in North Devon.
The conference held last year was very successful, and the forum is looking to improve links with the CSP,
South Hams & Teignbridge – Peter Dale, Chair of CSP
South Hams & Teignbridge have a merged DV Forum that is chaired by Christine McKenna.
The forum maintains good links with the CDRP and Peter represents the CDRP on the Executive Steering
Group of the Partnership.
The Forum has prepared an action plan based around the five themes of the strategy which is regularly
updated as progress is made.
There was recently an unsuccessful attempt to get local businesses to attend an awareness raising event,
and the forum are now looking at new ways to raise awareness of DV within larger businesses in the area.
Peter reported that a website for young people focussing on drugs and alcohol has been developed and
has had over 30,000 ‘hits’ so far. It is hoped that the website will soon incorporate DV issues and will be
expanded to include the West Devon area.
Teignbridge District Council is currently looking to obtain some leased properties for use as ‘half-way’
houses for victims leaving refuges, so as to free up spaces in the refuges which are currently very difficult to
access. Victims would be able to stay in these properties for 6-12 months.
Victim Support are soon to do a presentation to perpetrators in Exeter Prison. The forum has also been
looking at new ways of awareness raising for example exhibitions in colleges/ posters on sides of buses etc.
West Devon – Marion Playle, Chair of WD Forum
The Forum has produced a local strategy with objectives in line with the county-wide strategy. The number
of reported incidents in the area is steadily rising. The forum meets quarterly and held a successful
conference in January.
West Devon Outreach now has its own website up and running (http://www.takeastand.org.uk)
The Forum is currently developing a furniture project, which will hold a store of furniture available to
survivors moving into new homes.
4. Any Other Business
Rachel Martin, DV Co-ordinator, has recently been awarded runner-up in the Outstanding Campaigner
Award at the International Community Justice Awards held in London. This is a great achievement for
Rachel and the work she has done.
The CSPs have increased their levels of funding to the Partnership and are now jointly funding the work of
the Outreach Projects.
A regular newsletter will be produced by the Partnership and circulated to all members to update on news
and matters of interest. Any other ideas for sharing information between members of the partnership are
Devon County Council is currently developing a staff policy on DV which is almost ready for consultation.
The Police policy is due on 15 March 2004.
Probation’s Domestic Violence Policy has been approved.
5. Presentation from Karen Histed-Todd
The meeting ended with a presentation from Karen Histed-Todd from EDP Drugs Project about DV Links
with substance misuse, and the proposed changes.
6. Date of Next Meeting
Thursday 10 June 2004, Crossmead Conference Centre, Exeter
**Please note change of date from 7 June**