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Sunderland domestic abuse referral pathways and staff guidance

For advice, help and support on how to ask and safely respond to disclosures of domestic abuse.

The Sunderland domestic abuse referral pathways and staff guidance has been developed as a good practice guide for all multi-agency staff working with children, families and vulnerable people who may be living with domestic abuse in Sunderland. This includes those working with adults at risk of abuse or neglect and those at risk of sexual exploitation.

The guide aims to help staff enable a disclosure and make safe enquiries by safely and confidently asking about domestic abuse and knowing how to respond (i.e. 'ask and act'). It:

  • Provides guidance on carrying out a risk assessment and how and where to make referrals according to the levels of risk and vulnerability.
  • Includes good practice guidance when working with victims, children and perpetrators.
  • Covers safety planning advice and links to a range of local, regional and national help and support agencies
  • Provides advice on what intervention approaches are most appropriate according to the stage of change the victim may be at - and their needs.
  • Provides links to relevant on-line procedures, risk assessment tools, referral forms, training and further guidance.
  • Appendix 6 acts as a stand-alone aide memoire focusing on some of the key advice as part of a Sunderland domestic abuse referral pathways summary sheet.

External Links

The Regional Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy

National Strategy to end violence against women and girls: 2016 to 2020

Sunderland Safeguarding Children Board Procedures on Domestic Violence and Abuse

Sunderland Safeguarding Adults Board Procedures on Domestic Violence and Safeguarding Adults, including Forced Marriage


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