Domestic abuse referral pathway
Domestic abuse is
“Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse: psychological, physical, sexual, financial, and emotional. This also includes Honour Based Abuse (HBA), Forced Marriage (FM) and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)”
At every meeting always recognise, respond, refer and record.
If there is no disclosure but you suspect otherwise, periodically ‘ask the question’.
HBA or FM
For HBA or FM cases, share information on a strictly needs to know basis. Take active steps to make sure records are kept secure, confidential and where possible, restricted.
For FGM cases, refer to your local safeguarding procedures.
The steps below are to be taken if there is disclosure at a non specialist service or agency:
- reassure about confidentiality and explain the limits of this
- gain consent
- explain what actions you may have to take
- identify risks to the victim by using the DASH Risk Identification Checklist
- for HBA cases, also complete the HBA Screening Questions (H-DASH)
- for stalking cases, also complete the S-DASH
Alleged perpetrator works with children
If the alleged perpetrator is in a position of trust working with children, contact the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) by:
- phone: 01344 351572
- email: LADO@bracknell-forest.gov.uk
Alleged perpetrator works with vulnerable adults
If the alleged perpetrator in a position of trust working with vulnerable adults, contact Safeguarding on 01344 351500.
Victim is pregnant or has children
If you have concerns that a child or young person may be at risk of harm or neglect, contact the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) 01344 352005.
If the child or young person is made subject to Child Protection or Child In Need, you can make adult victim and perpetrator referrals to Family Safeguarding Model Domestic Abuse workers.
Victim is an adult with care and support needs
If you have concerns that an adult may be at risk of harm or neglect, contact Adult Social Care on 01344 351500.
In all circumstances
For both adults and children:
- only ask questions about domestic abuse when the individual is on their own and in private
- document any disclosure, or suspicion of domestic abuse, in professional records kept at your organisation (not in the victim’s hand held records) and record what you are told in their own words
- document decision making, actions taken to manage risk and rationale for sharing or not sharing information (with or without consent)
- if you need to use interpreters, make sure they are professional - never use family members, friends or children
- consider risks associated with communication and correspondence, for example the perpetrator finding letters, leaflets, text messages or phone call logs
- call a professionals meeting if you have concerns that cannot be addressed through the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)
- consider referral to support groups such as Choices from Berkshire Women's Aid, The Freedom Programme and BRAVE (Building Resilience And Valuing Emotions)
- consider support for children and young people such as SAFE! and DART (Domestic Abuse Recovering Together)
- consider referrals to perpetrator services such as Plain Talking and the Respect Phoneline
Out of hours
The out of hours emergency duty team is available for both adults and children from 5pm to 9am and on weekends.
Phone: 01344 786543.