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PRESS RESPONSE: Thursday 21 November 2013
Publication of "Domestic Homicide Reviews: Common Themes Identified as Lessons to be Learned"
Diana Barran, Chief Executive of Coordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse (CAADA) said:
“Sadly domestic homicides in the UK have a number of recurring themes which are clearly evident in this report. All agencies who come into contact with families should be able to spot the signs of domestic abuse, know how to identify the risk that a victim is experiencing and be able to take quick and effective action to manage this risk.”
“Sharing information with other agencies is also absolutely crucial as it helps us to build up an accurate picture of the abuse that a victim is experiencing. This is easily achieved by referring the highest risk cases to a Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC). However these interventions do not always happen in a consistent way. Tragically, some victims fall through the gaps and pay with their lives. It's crucial that public agencies work together to address these basic areas of concern if more lives are to be saved.”
Notes to editors:
For more information or interviews with Diana Barran, Chief Executive of CAADA, please contact Magdalena Kobylinska in the first instance via 0117 3178750 or Magdalena.email@example.com.
Click here to read Domestic Homicide Reviews: Common Themes Identified as Lessons to be Learnt.
Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse (CAADA) is a national charity supporting a strong multi-agency response to domestic abuse. CAADA provides practical tools, training, guidance, quality assurance, policy and data insight to support professionals and organisations working with domestic abuse victims.
An estimated ten per cent of domestic abuse victims are at risk of murder or serious harm every year. By protecting the highest risk victims and their children, our work focuses on saving lives and saving public money.
To date, CAADA has trained and provided policy support to over 200 Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARACs). A MARAC is a regular, voluntary partnership meeting where information on the highest risk domestic abuse cases is shared between local agencies. Since 2007, CAADA has also trained over 1000 Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs).
PRESS RELEASE ARCHIVE
September 2013: Re: HMIC inspection of police response to domestic violence
May 2013: Teenage victims of abuse to be offered improved support
January 2013: ACPO pilot to reduce police bureaucracy through discretionary use of risk assessment at domestic incidents
November 2012: Victims of stalking to receive improved support
November 2012: New research shows high risk domestic abuse services save lives and money
September 2012: New research reveals severity of teenage domestic abuse and vulnerability of victims
July 2012: Re. report showing positive effect of criminal justice process on safety of victims supported by IDVAs
July 2012: Re. domestic violence disclosure scheme pilot implementation
July 2012: Re. proposals for a multi-agency inspection programme for the inspection of children
July 2012: National roll out of development programme for MARACs
May 2012: New domestic violence guidance for GPs
March 2012: Re. introduction of a criminal offence of stalking
March 2012: Committed multi-agency professionals support the highest number of ‘high risk' domestic abuse cases ever recorded
March 2012: Re. Announcement of Clare's Law pilots
March 2012: New Director of Services appointed at CAADA
December 2011: Re. Government consultation to change the definition of domestic violence
October 2011: Re. Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme consultation on proposed ‘Clare's Law'
October 2011: A manifesto for family justice: alliance of interest groups calls on government to change plans
June 2011: CAADA Chief Executive Diana Barran awarded MBE
June 2011: Home Office and CAADA pledge four year support for Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences
April 2011: CAADA’s response to the launch of domestic violence homicide reviews
March 2011: The perfect storm: funding cuts to domestic abuse charities and other public services will leave thousands of victims at risk of severe harm
November 2010: Coalition Government announcement on the Call to End Violence against Women and Girls Strategy
March 2010: Multi-agency support to tackle severe domestic abuse could save £740 million a year to the public purse
November 2009: CAADA’s response to the launch of Together we can end violence against women and girls: a strategy
November 2009: CAADA’s response to the launch of Safety in Numbers: a multi-site evaluation of Independent Domestic Violence Advisor Services
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