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HARINGEY DOMESTIC
VIOLENCE STRATEGY

    2004 to 2008




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CONTENTS


Foreword

Executive Summary


1.   Introduction


2.   Strategic Vision, Scope and Definition


3.   London Context


4.   National Context


5.   Local Context


6.   Priorities


7.   Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation




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FOREWORD

We are pleased to introduce the first ever Domestic Violence Strategy for Haringey.
It will cover the period from Oct 2004 to the end of March 2008 in line with our
next crime reduction strategy.

The Strategy has been developed from national, London and local initiatives,
particularly the Council’s response to the findings and recommendations of the multi
agency Best Value Review of domestic violence services in Haringey which took
place in 2000 – 2001.

The under pinning vision of this Strategy is that by working in a strategic partnership
raising awareness of domestic violence issues, supporting survivors, educating and
protecting children and young people whilst taking action against abusers we will
achieve zero tolerance of domestic violence.

The Strategy is informed by the comprehensive research that was undertaken during
the Best Value Review process and by a Haringey multi agency Domestic Violence
Conference held in 2002. The Conference was attended by many representatives
from organisations and communities in Haringey. It raised a range of issues, which
are reflected in the strategic priorities.

Domestic violence is a crime that should not be tolerated in any society. Progress on
achieving the outcomes from the Haringey Domestic Violence Strategy will be
monitored by the Domestic Violence Strategic Partnership Board and be supported
by the Haringey Domestic Violence Forum where diverse organisations work in
partnership to combat Domestic Violence. The strategy sets out how the agencies
will tackle domestic violence through key priorities to fulfil our vision.

We are committed to reducing domestic violence in Haringey and to providing high
quality support and protection services to those experiencing and witnessing
domestic violence.




Councillor Nilgun Canver         Stephen Bloomfield      Jeanette Thornhill
Executive Member for Crime       Borough                 Chair Haringey
and Community Safety             Commander               Domestic Violence Forum
                                 Metropolitan Police
                                 Service




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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The overall vision is for all agencies to work together to reduce domestic violence
and provide high quality support and services to those experiencing or witnessing
domestic violence in Haringey.

The Domestic Violence Strategy is a plan that sets out how the issues around
domestic violence will be tackled over a four-year period. The Strategy sets out key
aims and priorities that are compatible with the London Domestic Violence Strategy
and government objectives.

The 4 key strategic priorities are:

·   Improve the support and safety of those who experience or who are
    threatened by domestic violence.

·   Improve the quality, co-ordination and effectiveness of services.

·   Hold abusers accountable.

·   Reduce the tolerance of domestic violence in our local communities.

An Action Plan has been developed based on these priority areas. This will show
what each agency will work to achieve from 2004-2008 to tackle domestic violence
and who will be responsible for achieving the actions.

The Strategy and Action Plan will be managed and monitored by the Domestic
Violence Strategic Partnership Board (DVSPB) supported by the Domestic Violence
Forum. Services will be reviewed through consultation with partner agencies,
survivors and non-service users.




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1.     INTRODUCTION

Haringey is committed to partnership working to improve and develop services to
combat domestic violence. This strategy reflects the results of many years of
partnership working and consulting with service users and details the key strategic
priorities and why we have agreed these priorities. To develop this strategy the
Council worked with partners through a working party chaired by the Executive
Member for Crime and Community Safety. A series of 5 workshops considered the
key themes, outlined in the London Wide Domestic Violence Strategy and the
Government’s new Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Bill (December 2003): -
Reducing Social Tolerance of Domestic Violence; Holding Abusers Accountable;
Supporting Survivors; Educating Children and Young People and Increasing Adult’s
and Children’s Safety. A total of 60 representatives attended from various agencies
throughout the Borough. A draft strategy and action plan was then widely consulted
on with strategic partners, service providers, service users and non service users to
ensure we have a strategy that will enable us to improve the quality and coordination
of domestic violence services here in Haringey

This strategy will build on the partnership work to support survivors and combat
domestic violence that has taken place in Haringey for many years. The voluntary
sector particularly local refuges, Victim Support and women's groups supported by
the Domestic Violence Forum have worked in partnership with other agencies and
mainstream services to continuously improve services. It was developed through:

§    The Haringey Best Value Review 2000 - 2001, the Best Value Report and the
     five year Improvement Plan

§    Learning from the research findings – what does and doesn’t work in other
     countries and boroughs

§    The London Domestic Violence Strategy, Greater London Authority and the
     Association of London Government November 2001

§    Consultation with those experiencing domestic violence (through the Haringey
     multi agency Conference and other local consultations) and consultation with
     non service users to assess barriers to people accessing services

§    National and local information on incidence, needs and priorities

§    National domestic violence performance indicators

Research for the London Domestic Violence Strategy tells us that domestic violence
accounts for over a quarter of all violent crime reported to the police and results in
around 47 murders each year in London alone. Over 100,000 women in London
seek medical help because of domestic violence each year. Seventeen per cent of
homelessness applications are as a result of domestic violence. It has been estimated
that the costs of dealing with this issue are at least £278 million per annum in
London. In Greater London there is an average of one domestic violence murder


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every 8 days. The Metropolitan Police attend around 177 incidents every 24 hours.
(The London Domestic Violence Strategy, GLA, Nov 2001; pp2; 1.9)

Evidence from the annual Haringey Crime Audit and from the Haringey Best Value
Review indicates that domestic violence is as much a concern in Haringey as it is
nationally with the crime audit showing that domestic violence accounts for almost
30% of all reported violent crime in Haringey. The next Crime Audit in Haringey will
begin in 2004 and will inform the priorities from 2005.

The overwhelming majority of survivors of domestic violence in Haringey are
women and the majority of perpetrators are men. This reflects London wide and
national trends. However men experience domestic violence and women can be
perpetrators. Domestic violence also occurs in lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender
relationships. Domestic Violence happens in all our communities, in the wealthy and
the poorer parts of the borough and is an issue for all black and minority ethnic
groups, disabled people, older people regardless of class.

The responsibility for tackling domestic violence is a shared one. The Domestic
Violence Strategic Partnership Board and Forum recognises the importance of
Voluntary Sector services and the involvement of local people and communities in
reducing the incidence and tolerance of domestic violence. Through the activities
agreed in the Domestic Violence Strategy, communities and schools will be engaged
in the process of awareness raising, education and training.


2.       STRATEGIC VISION, SCOPE AND DEFINITION

This is a council led multi agency strategy.

Vision

The strategic vision is for all agencies to work together to reduce domestic violence
in Haringey and to provide high quality support and protection services to those
experiencing or witnessing domestic violence.

Scope

The Strategy covers a four year period. The priorities will be reviewed on an annual
basis and inform the following year’s action plans.

Focus

This focus is to support survivors of domestic violence whilst taking action against
abusers.

Definition of Domestic Violence

For the purpose of the Haringey Domestic Violence Strategy, the definition of
domestic violence that has been agreed and adopted is the definition adopted by the
Best Value Review:


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   “Any physical, sexual or psychological abuse which occurs between
   partners who are or who have been in an intimate relationship”.


Principles underpinning the development of effective domestic violence
services

The Haringey Best Value Review recommendations included the following principles
which were endorsed by all the partner agencies and Council Members:

     §     Maximising the choices available for survivors and empowering them to
           take control of their lives
     §     Promoting the safety of those known to be at risk
     §     Holding perpetrators accountable
     §     Having agreed interagency strategy, policies and information systems
     §     Including agreed policies for male and same sex survivors of domestic
           violence
     §     Establishing an infrastructure of information, data and services, which
           underpin strategy and interagency working to combat domestic violence.
     §     Co-ordinating, integrating and co-locating services where appropriate


Why have a Domestic Violence Strategy?

The reason for having a strategy is so that:

     §       Increasing safety of the residents in Haringey
     §       Each agency/service is clear about its role and how it links with the roles
             of other agencies/services. Together, the partners can achieve much
             more than acting independently.
     §       Different agencies know what they should be doing in relation to giving
             advice and support, helping to prevent domestic violence and enforcing
             the law

Haringey can demonstrate that it is complying with legislation, sharing and adapting
good practice, and putting into practice at a local level the policies and initiatives of
Government.




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    3.     LONDON CONTEXT

We have based the key priorities of Haringey's Domestic Violence Strategy on those
of the GLA. The London Strategy represents a clearer line of accountability. It is
based on the principle that it is the responsibility of the state and the wider
community to hold violent and abusive people (principally men), accountable and to
provide effective protection for those who are abused (principally women and
children).

The main aims of the London Domestic Violence Strategy are to create consistent
quality responses across London and to improve joint working between agencies to
tackle domestic violence more effectively. The strategy focuses on four key areas:

§    Increasing safe choices for those experiencing domestic violence, so that they
     can plan safer futures without compromising their quality of life.
§    Holding abusers accountable for their behaviour in such a way that it deters
     them and potential abusers.
§    Reducing the social tolerance of domestic violence
§    Providing children and young people with the necessary knowledge and skills
     required to build relationships based on respect and mutual understanding,
     with shared power and a commitment to non-violence.

The London Domestic Violence Strategy recommends that, in order to be effective,
work must take place in all these areas as they complement and strengthen each
other.

Metropolitan Police Service’s Domestic Violence Minimum Standards:
Enough is Enough (1999)

In 2000, the Police published minimum standards for the investigation of racist,
domestic violence and homophobic incidents. The Metropolitan Police Service’s
Domestic Violence Minimum Standards, Enough is Enough, was published in 1999. It
is intended to be the first phase of an overarching domestic violence strategy. It will
embrace the best practice of community safety and develop innovative work in
relation to risk assessment, intervention and the prevention of homicide. It contains
comprehensive guidance on positive action and multi agency working.

The key issues for the Metropolitan Police Service in relation to domestic violence
are the safety of victims and children and the accountability of the perpetrators of
domestic violence.

The key objectives for the Police are:

     § To reduce repeat victimisation
     § To target and reduce volume crime
     § To tackle and reduce serious crime




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Enough is Enough gives guidance on the investigation of domestic violence cases and
the implications of the Human Rights Act 1998. It describes the development and
piloting of a risk assessment model for use by officers investigating domestic violence
incidents. It also proposes Multi Agency Domestic Violence Murder Reviews that
should enable the identification of patterns and themes. This will help with the
development of policy and interventions as well as an opportunity to learn lessons
from the review of domestic violence murders. These, however, need to join up
with other existing reviews (such as Part 8 reviews when a child dies) and to be
funded by all partners.

In 2003 a Service Level Agreement was drawn up between the Police and the Crown
Prosecution Service to promote the consistent handling of domestic violence cases.

The MPS are now in the process of developing new internal guidelines – Standard
Operating Procedures which will cover domestic violence. In the near future
Enough is Enough will be updated to reflect the internal processes. This strategy also
takes on board the new initiatives being developed around working with prolific
offenders.

Child Protection Procedures (All London)

Procedures for protecting children in Haringey have been strengthened with the
adoption of the new London Child Protection Procedures that have become
operational in the borough and across London from 1st November 2003. These
procedures do not make direct reference to domestic violence. They are relevant
as child protection procedures recognise the potential harm caused to children on
account of domestic violence and outline the actions required to safeguard them and
promote their welfare. As a result, those working in child protection across the
capital will, for the first time, be working from the same procedures.

Haringey Area Child Protection Committee has introduced extensive guidance on
child protection and domestic guidance that is consistent with the new London Child
Protection Procedures. It emphasises the importance that whenever there is
evidence of domestic violence, the implications for children in the household should
be considered, including the possibility that children themselves may be subject to
violence or some other harm.

The guidance also recognises that in many cases, the interests of the non-abusing
parent(s) and child(ren) are the same and the best course of action is to offer
support that will enable the parent to ensure the safety and welfare of the child.
However, where the interests of the non-abusing parent and child appear not to be
the same, the interests of the child must take priority.

The Stella Project

The Stella Project, launched in December 2002, is a joint initiative between the
Greater London Domestic Violence Project (GLDVP) and the Greater London
Alcohol and Drug Alliance. The objective of the project is to increase safe choices
for women and children experiencing domestic violence by raising awareness and
standards within existing substance misuse services and domestic violence projects in


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London and to hold perpetrators accountable for their behaviour by raising
awareness and standards within service providers in London.

By mapping the gaps in service provision for those experiencing both domestic
violence and substance misuse, from the perspective of the survivors and the
perpetrators, The Stella Project has created a toolkit highlighting good practice in
service provision in the domestic violence and substance misuse sectors. It further
aims to roll out training and awareness raising for practitioners in both these sectors
with the dissemination of the toolkit and guidance plan.




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    4.     NATIONAL CONTEXT

On a national level, domestic violence has been given increasing priority on the
Government agenda, with the current government stating its commitment to tackle
the issues. It is essential that we respond locally to national initiatives, for example,
this summer we organised a seminar to co-ordinate responses to the government
proposals that preceded the Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Bill. We have
incorporated the key aims from this seminar into the Haringey Domestic Violence
Strategy. The following are a summary of the key national drivers to combat
domestic violence.

The Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Bill (December 2003)

The new Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Bill was first heard in Parliament on
2nd December 2003. It has been through the committee stage and is now at the
report stage. If the parliamentary time allows and an agreement is reached, it will
become legislation in autumn 2004.

A consultation process – Safety and Justice: The Government’s Proposals on
Domestic Violence was the precursor to the Bill. The DVJCG and Domestic
Violence Forum in Haringey took an active part with the Home Office consultation
process by holding a conference in August 2003 with over 70 representatives from
partner organisations to agree a joint response.

The main aims of the Bill were to:

·    Work to prevent domestic violence through education, awareness raising and
     getting information to victims
·    Tackle risk factors such as alcohol or drugs misuse
·    Support police positive action policies by making common assault an arrestable
     offence
·    Introduce stronger legal protection for victims through extending the use and
     enforcement of restraining orders
·    Set up a register of civil orders to allow the police to check for outstanding
     orders against an alleged offender, so they can take immediate action to
     protect the victim
·    Create more refuge places through new investment in refuge provision

The new Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Bill contains a raft of new measures
which aim to be tough on the perpetrators of abuse and strengthen the rights of
victims and witnesses. The Bill is in three main parts. The key proposals relating to
domestic violence are as follows:

§    Significant new police powers to deal with domestic violence, including making
     it an arrestable criminal offence to breach a non-molestation order, with a
     penalty of up to five years in prison, a fine, or both.
§    Strengthening the civil law on domestic violence so that co-habiting same sex
     couples have the same protection as heterosexual couples and extending the


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      availability of non-molestation orders to couples that have never lived together
      or been married.
§     Allow Criminal Courts to extend the availability of civil injunctions and
      restraining orders. Courts will have the power to issue a restraining order
      where the defendant has been convicted or acquitted of any offence and the
      court believes the order is necessary to protect the victim.

Other proposals that aim to complement the Bill and improve services for victims of
crime are:

§     The allocation of funding to a number of local projects and initiatives aimed at
      improving local action to tackle domestic violence.
§     A 24 hour free phone domestic violence helpline.

“Every Child Matters” Bill

 “Every Child Matters” was first publish published in September 2003. It has been
through the committee stage and is now at the report stage. If the parliamentary
time allows and an agreement is reached, it will become legislation in autumn 2004.

Its main aim is to:

§     Intervene earlier before children reach crisis point

It recommends:

§     Improving outcomes for all children from birth to 19
§     Reducing levels of educational failure, ill health, teenage pregnancy, abuse and
      neglect, crime and anti social behaviour among children and young people

The process of implementing Every Child Matters will be an opportunity for all
agencies to improve the co-ordination and integration of systems and services for
children and young people. Although Every Child Matters does not make direct
reference to domestic violence, it is relevant as it is essential to recognise the
potential harm caused to children on account of domestic violence. Closer working
between professionals through information sharing, a common assessment
framework and multi disciplinary team working, will help to shift the focus towards
early intervention across all agencies. There will be a greater emphasis on the
priority of child protection, children’s services and early intervention with a “joined
up” multi agency response across all agencies. The development of integrated
systems and services should make it more possible to identify and support those
children, young people and families experiencing or witnessing domestic violence.

The Department of Health Resource Manual for Health Professionals on
Domestic Violence

The Department of Health issued a resource manual for health professionals on
domestic violence in 2000 aimed at dentists, GPs, health visitors, nurses, maternity
services, psychiatrists, psychologists, surgeons, A&E staff and other health care


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professionals who have daily contact with people whose health has been
compromised by domestic violence. The nature of the relationship patients have
with health professionals frequently leads to disclosure of domestic violence. The
manual proposes a series of direct and indirect questions and guidelines following
disclosure.

Additionally, the Department of Health recognises the importance of effective multi-
agency partnerships with other statutory and voluntary agencies. The DoH stresses
the importance of health professional membership of Local Domestic Violence
Forums and Primary Care Trusts relationship with Area Child Protection
Committees. There is a need for mental health services to develop protocols, which
establish links with organisations providing crisis or temporary accommodation to
provide appropriate mental health support.

The Department of Health has issued a strategy – Women’s Mental Health: Into the
Mainstream and an implementation guide – Mainstreaming Gender and Women’s
Mental Health (September 2003). Both documents make reference to the fact that
the experience of child sexual, physical and emotional abuse, all forms of domestic
violence and sexual assault/rape (both inside and outside the home) are common
amongst women and are a significant factor in the development of mental ill health
(and its many manifestations) and physical ill health. Studies indicate that 50% or
more women within the mental health system are survivors of violence and abuse; in
secure settings the figure is much higher.

The strategy suggests a number of forums exist in which the needs of this group of
women should be addressed:

§   Health Improvement Programmes
§   Health Action Zones
§   Sure Start Programmes
§   Crime and Disorder Partnerships
§   Domestic Violence Forums
§   Mental Health Promotion Programmes
§   Area Child Protection Committees

The Implementation Guidance aims to acknowledge and address the links, between
violence and abuse and women’s mental ill health, in the delivery of mental health
services in inpatient and community based settings. It makes the following
recommendations for mental health trusts with primary care, social services, councils
and relevant voluntary sector organisations.

Each mental health trust should appoint a lead person at senior level to:

§   help the organisation address issues that may lead to the retraumatisation of
    survivors
§   facilitate appropriate inter-agency working
§   produce a map of existing services i.e. all agencies including the voluntary sector
    and assess their quality, accessibility and viability




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§   ensure access to appropriate staff training, in particular ensure that training
    equips staff to address issues of violence and abuse routinely in assessment and
    care planning
§   ensure that issues relevant to confidentiality have been fully considered
§   once satisfactorily trained, ensure staff raise issues of violence and abuse
    routinely and consistently in assessment and care planning
§   ensure that appropriate follow-up takes place by means of audit procedures
§   develop the provision of specific support and treatment intervention
§   develop staff support processes
§   ensure that confidentiality issues are properly addressed in liaison with the
    Caldecott guardian


In drawing up the Haringey Domestic Violence Strategy we have also
taken into account the following: -

§    Crime and Disorder Act (1998)
§    The Human Rights Act (1998)
§    Living Without Fear (1999)
§    Justice for all – White Paper (July 2002)




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    5.      LOCAL CONTEXT

The population estimate for the London Borough of Haringey in 2004 is 225,100
residents (2002 Mid-Year Population estimate from the Office of National Statistics). The
population is ethnically and culturally diverse with approximately 193 different
community languages spoken. In the last census 45% of the population defined
themselves as white British, the other 55% of the population come from diverse
black and minority ethnic backgrounds. In the 2003/04 financial year the
Metropolitan Police Service recorded 3315 incidents of domestic violence across the
borough (Metropolitan Police Service, PIB Crime Unit). These numbers only reflect the
recorded numbers and in reality the figures will be much higher.

Within the London framework Haringey has already taken a number of steps to
combat domestic violence such as:

§    The Haringey Best Value Review of Domestic Violence and the Improvement
     Plan 2000-2001 (This included comprehensive research on international and
     national best practice)
§    The multi agency Haringey Domestic Violence Conference 2002
§    Local information about the needs of those in Haringey who experience or
     witness domestic violence

The Strategy builds on these initiatives using gathered information to identify aims
and objectives and links them to the London Domestic Violence Strategy and
national objectives and legislation.

Haringey Council’s Best Value Review (Final report March 2001)

The Best Value Review of Domestic Violence Services was the first multi agency
review undertaken by the Council. Its overall goals were to:

§    Systematically review current domestic violence service performance including
     comparative performance and stakeholder consultation.
§    Put in place an Action Plan to improve domestic violence services to enable
     survivors to get the services they need, when they need them.
§    Provide practical proposals to support wider work to reduce crimes of
     domestic violence.
§    Make proposals for local partnerships to tackle domestic violence where each
     partner contributes what they do best resulting in an effective investment of
     resources to achieve collaborative workings

When the Best Value Review was completed, a Report and Improvement Plan was
written which proposed recommendations and actions to improve domestic violence
services in Haringey. This Review was followed by a multi agency Conference in
2002, which raised many issues that were fed into the overall consultation process
and subsequent planning of domestic violence services.




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The Key Outcomes of the Best Value Review

§     Domestic Violence Co-ordinator post

A Domestic Violence Co-ordinator was appointed in 2001. The Co-ordinator takes
a role in ensuring that other agencies consider domestic violence issues in their
planning and that their plans link to and support the Domestic Violence Strategy.

§     Hearthstone: Haringey Domestic Violence Advice and Support
      Centre

Hearthstone is a Council led partnership provision. It was launched by the local
Councillors, MPs and partners in May 2003 and opened to the public in June 2003. It
is staffed by workers from a range of services, such as Housing Homelessness and
the Police. Haringey Victim Support, Health Visitors, solicitors and voluntary
agencies operate on an appointment/referral basis. It hopes to extend the range of
agencies offering services over the next few years in the light of increasing demand.
Hearthstone has developed and piloted a common recording form, which has
enabled staff to share information and thereby protect victims more effectively. It
has also established a multi agency training programme for all partners and
practitioners which will be further developed next year. Hearthstones’ primary aim
is supporting the survivors of Domestic Violence. Support is provided by of way
assisting them to make informed decisions whilst collecting evidence to assist with
perpetrator action where appropriate.

§     Establishing a Domestic Violence Strategic Partnership Board
      (DVSPB).

In 2001 we established a Domestic Violence Joint Commissioning Group (DVJCG).
It was responsible for co-ordinating on a regular basis the key agencies involved in
delivering domestic violence services. It discussed new research, legislation and
initiatives and was responsible for delivering high quality services in accordance with
service user needs. It did this through organising consultation, deciding priorities,
commissioning and developing services and monitoring standards and contracts. In
May 2004 the Domestic Violence Forum and the DVJCG had a joint meeting and
agreed a new structure (as detailed in full in section 7 of this strategy). We agreed
the most productive way forward to deliver our strategic objectives was to reform
the DVJCG and set up a Domestic Violence Strategic Partnership Board (DVSPB) an
Operations Group and have 2 DV partners conferences each year.

Other local initiatives include: -

§     “Say No To Violence” Project

This is a project funded by the European Commission Daphne Programme for 2003,
which aims to combat violence against women, young people and children. In
Haringey, an Education Working Group was established and a pilot training
programme on domestic violence and child protection was organised in November
2003, involving seven secondary schools. The training was very successful and well
received. Feedback from this pilot has been evaluated and used to develop further


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training programmes for schools. This work has continued in 2004 and it is
anticipated that it will be repeated in 2005, together with the production of a
standard training pack and guidance on dealing with domestic violence. A review will
also take place of the counselling and outreach work currently taking place in
Haringey, supporting young people, in particular teenage mothers who experience
domestic violence.

§    I Shall Survive - A Practical Guide to Domestic Violence Advice and
     Support in Haringey
I Shall Survive is now in its 5th edition and has proved to be an invaluable source of
information for survivors of domestic violence and professionals and others trying to
offer support and information. I Shall Survive covers general information about
where to go for domestic violence support and advice, lists of organisations with
telephone numbers and addresses, practical steps for dealing with crises, as well as
having specific chapters on housing, the police, the law, money, equality issues,
children, social services and health.

§    Witness Support Services
Going to court as a witness or as a victim of crime can be a worrying experience,
particularly for those experiencing domestic violence. In 2002, Haringey Victim
Support Service established a witness service that helps witnesses, victims and their
families and friends, before, during and after a Court hearing. Trained volunteers
provide emotional support and practical information about court proceedings. From
discussions we have learned that this is a particularly useful service for the survivors
of domestic violence. It is critical that support is forthcoming when taking action
against someone you have been in an intimate relationship with as this experience
can be particularly traumatic. The witness support service is confidential and free.

§      Haringey Court protocol
The Domestic Violence Best Value Review highlighted the need for services within
Haringey to work more closely to improve the service offered to survivors of
domestic violence. A protocol was drafted by CPS, the Courts, the Police and
others. The protocol covered the following topics:

§   Information to Victims
§   Withdrawal Statements
§   Victims of Domestic Violence as Witnesses – ‘Witness Service: Model for
    Magistrates’ Courts Witness Services’
§   Evidence given by video link

It should be noted that this protocol is currently under review and the status is draft.

§      Perpetrator Programmes
In 2003 the Probation Service developed and implemented the "Integrated Domestic
Violence Abuse Programme". This is a programme that challenges the abusers’
offending behaviour whilst at the same time providing a parallel safety package for
those experiencing domestic violence. This is based on a world-wide best practice
where it has been shown that only perpetrator programmes that offer advice and


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support to survivors have any real impact when changing perpetrator behaviour and
reducing repeat offences and thereby ultimately ensuring women’s safety. The
Probation Service ensures the compliance and enforcement of those domestic
violence perpetrators who have been sentenced to the domestic violence
programme and also work appropriately with victims, to reduce the risk of
reoffending and harm.

·   Area Child Protection Committee

There are several linked local plans such as the Area Child Protection Committee
(ACPC) Business Plan and the Borough Policing Plan. Of these, the Safer
Communities Plan, which is based on an annual Crime Audit, gives specific
information about the incidence of reported domestic violence in the borough. The
next Crime Audit process will begin in January 2004 and will inform targets for 2005.


In the meantime, however, it is anticipated that the Domestic Violence Co-ordinator
will work closely with the various agencies to collect data and monitor trends so
that the audit provides no surprises and that early action can be taken when problem
areas are identified.

The Green Paper "Every Child Matters" recommends that the role of the ACPC be
reviewed.

·   Inclusion of Hard to Reach Groups

We have developed a number of initiatives to ensure that hard to reach groups are
included within the Strategy such as: -
 · DV Survivors from Black and Minority Ethnic Groups We have tried to
     ensure that we address issues for DV survivors from black and minority ethnic
     groups working with community groups to provide specific DV services and
     making sure mainstream DV services are aware of the complex needs of the
     diverse communities in Haringey.
 · Reducing Tolerance of DV in Local Communities Our plans to reduce
     the tolerance of DV have taken on board the need to work with black and
     minority ethnic people and community groups to ensure that this important
     message reaches all sections of our diverse community.
 · Older People and Vulnerable Adults The DV strategy is linked to the
     vulnerable Adults strategy and we will work to ensure that domestic violence
     issues are included in the initiatives to support vulnerable adults.
 · DV Survivors with No Recourse To Public Funds This is a growing
     problem for DV service providers and we have recognised the need to attempt
     to provide local initiatives to ensure (that wherever legally possible) we can
     attempt to offer support whilst raising this as an area of concern on the national
     agenda.

· Partnership working and information sharing
We have made huge progress to improve partnership working around DV issues,
however this work needs to be strengthened particularly in relation to information


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and data sharing. We need to formally adopt and put into practice the government’s
information sharing protocol. This will enable us to provide an even more seamless
service to DV survivors and will improve our collection and dissemination of
mounting information to enable us to predict trends and plan services to meet
needs.

· Substance Misuse Domestic Violence Worker
The Domestic Violence Strategy recognises that alcohol and drug misuse can be a
significant catalyst for domestic violence. We will promote partnership work to
improve services to those at risk and we will link into the development of the
Haringey Alcohol strategy. This strategy will take a more localised approach to the
problems of alcohol abuse and its effects on individuals, families and communities. A
draft is envisaged for March 2005 and will be co-ordinated by the Drug and Alcohol
Action Team (DAAT) team in the Safer Communities Unit.

The DAAT is funding a Substance Misuse Domestic Violence Worker, to be
employed by Haringey Advisory Group on Alcohol (HAGA). The purpose of this
role is to:

·   Provide a link between substance misuse services and Hearthstone and other
    domestic violence agencies
·   Support substance misusers who are victims / survivors of domestic violence
·   Support substance misuse agencies in raising staff awareness of domestic violence
    issues and to help develop training programs for these agencies




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6.     STRATEGIC PRIORITY AREAS

Using the 4 key priority areas from the London Domestic Violence Strategy, the
Haringey Domestic Violence Strategy sets out its own aims and priority areas.
agreed by all the agencies in our partnership particularly the DV Forum.

The 4 Strategic Priority Areas are:

       Improve the support and safety of those who experience or who
       are threatened by domestic violence.

       Improve the quality, co-ordination and effectiveness of services.

       Hold abusers accountable.

       Reduce the tolerance         of   domestic    violence    in   our   local
       communities.

Some priorities may contain overlaps or duplication, however to avoid this, these
priorities will only be noted once in the most appropriate areas.




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Priority 1.   Improve the support and safety of those who experience or
              who are threatened by domestic violence

Priority areas — New Initiatives
§    Develop advocacy, outreach and counselling services at Hearthstone and local
     refuges to empower survivors of domestic violence and to support and
     safeguard children
§    Audit needs around safe child contact and recommend measures to address
     needs
§    Encourage identification of domestic violence victims by medical services and
     through partnership working.        Particularly addressing referrals, patient
     confidentiality and training issues

§    Improve advice and information to hard to reach groups including same sex
     survivors of domestic violence

§    To ensure that all strategic partners are aware of and use the Stella Project
     Tool Kit

Priority areas — Continued Commitment to Improvement
§    Improve access to counselling services for children and young people within
     schools and youth services
§    Develop survivor consultation systems, including feedback systems, speak out
     sessions, complaints and suggestions systems
§    Develop support and advocacy services in order to improve the safety of
     survivors
§    Improve support to survivors of domestic violence by working closely with the
     court witness scheme and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)
§    Investigate funding streams to publicise services to survivors of domestic
     violence in a variety of media; leaflets, newspapers local, community and black
     and minority ethnic and local radio particularly stations broadcasting in
     community languages
§    Work with appropriate agencies to develop adequate refuge and emergency
     housing facilities to meet identified needs
§    Ensure that support and advocacy services are available to disabled survivors
     and survivors who speak community languages

      Implementing Our Priorities — Examples of our Continued
      Commitment to Improvement
      ËReview the youth counselling on domestic violence currently provided by
        Haringey Youth Project and Victim Support
      ËQuarterly analysis of the Hearthstone service user feed back form by the
        Hearthstone Management Team
      ËRe run the domestic violence focus groups as carried out previously in the



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     domestic violence best value review
    Ë Continue the Witness Support Scheme training on domestic violence.

Priority 2 Improve the quality, co-ordination and effectiveness of
           services.

Priority areas — New Initiatives

§     Improve effectiveness of service by developing key performance indicators
      to monitor progress
§     Review joint planning arrangements and build on the strengths of existing
      groups i.e. the Domestic Violence Forum
§     Improve systems to identify current expenditure on domestic violence
      across all agencies and investigate how to pool resources where
      appropriate
§     Consider how to implement the governments proposals to have multi
      agency enquiries in respect of murder where domestic violence has been an
      issue
§     Establish data sharing with Hospital Trusts, Haringey Teaching Primary Care
      Trust and Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust


Priority areas — Continued Commitment to Improvement
§     Develop Information Sharing protocols and systems.
§     Develop and embed clear and minimum standards and Good Practice
      Guidelines across all agencies
§     Improve advice and information on services for both survivors and
      professionals and improve accessibility – particularly for hard to reach
      groups such as those with disabilities and those speaking community
      languages
§     Develop interagency training based on the rolling core programme
§     Improve data recording, collection and interagency tracking systems, dip
      sampling, including equalities monitoring

       Implementing Our Priorities — Examples of our Continued
       Commitment to Improvement
       Ë Encouraging all partners to use the new simplified common recording
          form and using the reports generated to inform work priorities
       Ë Linking the Draft Health and Social Care and Child Protection
          protocols
       Ë All partners have signed the Hearthstone joint protocol
       Ë WEB based and print media to carry the "I Shall Survive - A Practical
          Guide to Domestic Violence Advice and Support in Haringey"
          accompanied by a simplified leaflet



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Priority 3.       Hold abusers accountable

Priority areas — New Initiatives

§   Ensure the effective local implementation of the domestic violence protocols
    by Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and
    Minimum Standards/Standard Operating Procedures for the investigation of
    domestic violence.

§   Establish a protocol for dealing with perpetrators of domestic violence
    involved in court cases

§   Investigate the feasibility of developing a pilot for a local Domestic Violence
    Cluster Court where all domestic violence cases are heard at one session

§   Improve information to witnesses and survivors regarding sentencing, court
    procedures and court outcomes

§   Use existing research to identify causes, drivers and conditions that are
    catalysts for domestic violence. To use this to direct partnership actions and
    resources

§   All agencies will develop practice guidelines for identifying domestic violence
    through a process of routine screening


Priority areas — Continued Commitment to Improvement

§ Implement perpetrator programmes in parallel to safety packages for those
    experiencing domestic violence — The "Integrated Domestic Abuse
    Programme" following its accreditation.
§ Enhance existing facilities at Hearthstone for the collection and retention of
    photo evidence.

    Implementing Our Priorities — Examples of our Continued
    Commitment to Improvement
    ËThe perpetrator programme was developed by the Probation Service and
      launched in North London in 2003




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Priority 4        Reduce the tolerance of domestic violence in our local
                  communities

Priority areas — New Initiatives

§ Investigate funding with other London Boroughs to initiate a Zero Tolerance
   of domestic violence campaign

Priority areas — Continued Commitment to Improvement

§ Continue to develop and extend the current training programmes for
   teachers, children and young people in schools and youth services
§ Continue to publicise awareness raising campaign on the DV Crime and
   Victims Bill and national and local domestic violence services in Haringey
§ Develop a programme to try and reduce the tolerance of domestic violence
   in our local communities by building on existing initiatives especially those
   designed to engage hard to reach groups
§ Each year use International Day Against Violence Against Women to publicise
   and highlight domestic violence issues and to give out a strong message of
   zero tolerance of domestic violence in Haringey
§ To work with local community, women's and black and minority ethnic
   groups to initiate specific campaigns to highlight domestic violence issues and
   to give out a strong message of zero tolerance of domestic violence in
   Haringey

    Implementing Our Priorities — Continued Commitment to
    Improvement
    ËTraining interventions for schools funded by the Transnational Daphne
      programme
    ËThe training programmes for all partners were run in April and December
      2003
    ËChild Protection initiative with faith groups.




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7.    IMPLEMENTATION, MONITORING AND EVALUATION

The Domestic Violence Strategy will be monitored and delivered through an
action plan based on the priorities that have been agreed by the different
partners. Agencies will take responsibility for ensuring that their actions are
completed within the agreed timescale. The management of the strategy and the
monitoring of the action plans will be through the Domestic Violence Strategic
Partnership Board (DVSPB). The Executive Member for Crime and Community
Safety will make recommendations and report to the Council’s Executive, the
Safer Communities Executive Board and the Haringey Strategic Partnership.

§    The Executive Member for Crime and Community Safety, the Council’s
     Executive, the Safer Communities Executive Board, via the DVSPB, will
     oversee the progress of the strategy and will forge links with other plans
     which focus on tackling and preventing domestic violence.

§    The DVSPB will co-ordinate and monitor the Domestic Violence Action Plan
     to ensure that it is implemented. In addition, it will undertake more detailed
     work in supporting, monitoring and implementing the action plan and report
     to the Executive Member for Crime and Community Safety who will, in turn,
     report to the Council’s Executive and the Safer Communities Executive
     Board.

§    The DVSPB and the DV Forum will review progress and will produce an
     annual report, including an update on the action plan for the following year.

§    The DVSPB will develop mechanisms to ensure that the strategy is embedded
     into all mainstream agencies’ business plans (where appropriate) in a co-
     ordinated manner.

§     These structures have been reviewed as part of the consultation process on
     this document.

§    Performance monitoring will be carried out using existing, and developing
     new, performance indicators. We have included government Performance
     Indicators both existing and the draft new ones proposed by the ODPM.
     Some of the local Performance Indicators in the action plan are yet to be
     finalised. One of the first actions we propose is to put a more robust system
     for the monitoring of DV in place; when we have reliable data we have
     actioned to then agree meaningful and challenging DV Performance
     Indicators.




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The Domestic Violence Strategic Partnership Board (DVSPB)
The DV Strategic Partnership Board that will be made up of one representative from
each partner organisation. This representative must be able to make strategic
decisions on behalf of their organisation. The boards main priority will be to lead on
the DV Strategy and Action Plan to ensure objectives are met. It will meet once a
quarter. The DV Strategic Partnership board will improve links with other work to
support the Crime Reduction Strategy and have formal links to the Safer
Communities Executive Board. The DV Strategic Partnership Board will receive
minutes / key issues from the Operations Group sub groups and the DV Forum. The
Chair of the DV Forum and the DV Co-ordinator will be on the Operations Group
and the Board. Partner organisations to be asked to nominate names for each group
to support this new structure which will be dependent on where they think they fit
in and at what level e.g. Strategic Partnerships Level or the Operational Group level.

Membership of the Domestic Violence Strategic Partnership Board
The DVSPB will be made up of a representative from the following partner
organisations:-
Haringey Council                     Executive Member for Crime and
                                     Community Safety (Chair DVSPB)
Haringey Council                     Senior Officer (tbc)
Haringey Council                     Domestic Violence Co-ordinator
Haringey Women’s Aid                 Manager
NIA Project                          Director
Haringey Asian Women’s Aid           Director, Newham Asian Women’s
                                     Project
Haringey Domestic Violence Forum     Chair
Victim Support                       Borough Manager
Haringey Council Equalities          Principal Equalities and Diversity Officer
Metropolitan Police Service          Borough Commander
Haringey Council Education           Head of Community Services and
                                     Regeneration
Haringey Magistrates Courts          Bench Legal Manager
Haringey Women’s Forum               Director
Haringey Teaching Primary Care Trust Chair
Haringey Council Housing             Assistant Director
Mental Health Trust                  Service Director
Probation Service                    Assistant Chief Officer (tbc)
Peace Alliance                       Chief Executive
Haringey Council Social Services     Service Manager, Child Protection and
                                     Planning
Haringey Council Supporting People   Supporting People Programme Manager
Haringey Council Safer Communities   Safer Communities Co-ordinator, Crime
                                     Reduction
DAAT                                 Manager
HAGA                                 Director (tbc)




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The DV Forum
The role of the DV Forum needs to be clarified and strengthened. It will continue to
meet 5 times a year, however twice each year the meetings will become wider DV
stakeholder conferences on topical themes. The DV Forum will organise outreach to
those who are interested in DV and to those whose work involves them in dealing
with Domestic Violence. The DV Forum will produce an annual programme with
advertised speakers as a focus, although the very valuable networking element of the
DV Forum must be preserved as well.


Stakeholder Conferences
We will hold 2 stakeholder conferences each year in May and November these will
focus on a topical DV issue, be widely advertised and open to all.


Operational Group
An Operational Group will be established with themed sub groups e.g. Hearthstone,
some time limited e.g. planning events to commemorate International Day Against
Violence Against Women. The purpose of the Operational Group is to ensure that
the key priorities and actions in the DV strategy and action plan are delivered at an
operational level.




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7.1 Diagram of the new structures


                                              Haringey    Strategic
            Council Executive                 Partnership




                                Safer Communities
                                 Executive Board



                                                                      DV Stakeholders
                                                                      Conferences




                         DV Strategic Partnership
                                  Board




                                                         DV Operations Group

                                                Task                              Time
                                                group                             limited
                                                                                  task group
                                                                Time
                                                                limited
      DV Forum                                                  task group




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