In July, the Government published the draft statutory guidance on Domestic Abuse with a consultation period ending on 14th September 2021.
The key objectives of the guidance are to:
- provide clear information on what domestic abuse is in order to assist with its identification
- provide guidance and support to frontline professionals, who have responsibilities for safeguarding and supporting victims of domestic abuse, for example through outlining relevant strategic and operational frameworks
- improve the institutional response to domestic abuse by conveying best practice and standards for commissioning responses
The guidance extends to England and to Wales insofar as it relates to reserved or non-devolved matters in Wales.
You will find links to various versions of the draft guidance and information on how to submit a response.
Child/adolescent to parent violence is specifically mentioned on pages 20 – 23, including an illustrative case study; and there is discussion about age on page 36, the impact on a child of living with domestic abuse from page 59; and chapter 5 deals with multi-agency cooperation. However, there is real value in reading the whole document, with a recognition of the many different vulnerabilities experienced by families, and multiple points of discrimination and stigma.
Whether or not CPV should be considered as a form of DA remains a contentious issue, but, nevertheless, it is contained within the Act and strong arguments have been made regarding the connections with DA. So regardless of whether you feel this is the right place for a response to be sited, please do take the time to read the draft guidance and consider whether there are comments you can usefully make to improve the document – and policy and practice – as it stands.