Domestic Abuse and Violence

Couple fightingDomestic Violence and Abuse: new definition

The cross-government definition of domestic violence and abuse is:

Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:

  • Psychological

  • Physical

  • Sexual

  • Financial

  • Emotional

This incorporates issues such as so-called honour based abuse, forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

The strategic governance arrangements for Domestic Abuse in Suffolk are clarified. The Strong and Safe Communities Group (SSCG) are responsible for governance for the Domestic Abuse, reporting into the Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB). Regular meetings of the chairs of the LSCB, HWB, Safeguarding Adults Board and the County Domestic Abuse Senior Officer ensure collaborative and strategic oversight. The LSCB continues to hold the SSCG to account for delivering the strategy.



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